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Comprehensive School Counseling

Comprehensive School Counseling

Published: 11/12/2020 2:11 PM
​On behalf of the Kentucky Department of Education, welcome to the Comprehensive School Counseling web pages. Within these pages are information, resources and tools designed to assist schools and districts in providing effective school counseling services that improve student achievement and support the needs of the whole child.

On this page, you will find core values for comprehensive school counseling in Kentucky and quick links to many of the tools school counselors use daily to enhance the success of students.
 
The vision behind Comprehensive School Counseling and our work as counselors is to provide access and opportunity to all students; providing effective school counseling services that improve student achievement and support the needs of the whole child ensuring the provision to our community of a college and/or career ready workforce.

Role of a Kentucky School Counselor Defined

On December 17th, 2018, the Kentucky Counselor Standards Advisory Committee convened at the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort and defined the role of a KY school counselor as follows:

A school counselor is a certified mental health professional supporting all K-12 students in their social/emotional, academic and career development.  Through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program, counselors provide data-informed, universal and targeted learning experiences to develop the whole child in a diverse society.


Kentucky Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors

School counselors are an important component of K-12 educational leadership teams within Kentucky schools. The Kentucky Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors helps school counselors throughout the state better understand what they should be doing in this role. This document also allows for reflection that should be used to improve and expand comprehensive school counseling programs along with the practices utilized by individual school counselors.
 

3 Domains of School Counseling

Academic Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student’s ability to learn. 

Career Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students 1) understand the connection between school and the world of work and 2) plan for and make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the lifespan. 

Social/Emotional Development – Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills.



Dr. ​Damien Sweeney
Office of Teaching and Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 892-6639 Ext.4545 
Fax (502) 564-6470


COVID-19

Race-based Stress and Trauma Resources


Using Student Preferred Names

Counselor Connections



Professional Organizations for School Counselors

Professional organizations for school counselors contribute to the collaborative efforts by school counselors to meet the needs of the whole child.  Each organization is comprised of school and community-based counselors to advocate for the rights and responsibilities of counselors and their desire to meet the needs of students.
 


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