High School Counseling

High School Counseling

High school is the final transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures regarding risk behaviors involving sex, alcohol and drugs while exploring the boundaries of more acceptable behavior and mature, meaningful relationships. They need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of college admissions, the scholarship and financial aid application process and entrance into a competitive job market.

WW-P offers a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, aligned to American School Counselor Association standards, that provides education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of student’s lives. Early identification and intervention of student’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during the high school years serve as the foundation for future success.

High School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:

       High School Guidance Curriculum
 

       Classroom Guidance

  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Post-secondary planning and application process
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
  • Career awareness and the world of work
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness


    Individual Student Planning

  • Goal setting
  • Academic plans
  • Career plans
  • Problem solving
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans


    Responsive Services

  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals


    System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

 

Source: American School Counselor Association

 

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