Comprehensive School Counseling Model

The KUSD comprehensive school counseling program serves all students PreK-12. It helps all students gain an understanding for their learning. It encompasses a student’s entire support network, including the school counselor, student support staff, administration, parents and community, to be a part of developing the student into a successful, productive citizen.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

  • Promotes a rigorous academic curriculum
  • Prepares students for realistic challenges
  • Promotes student achievement
  • Facilitates career exploration and development
  • Develops decision-making, problem-solving skills, and effective interpersonal relationships
  • Provides advocacy for students
  • Assures equal access to educational opportunities
  • Develops a system for long-range planning
  • Offers educational workshops for parents
  • Further connects the school district with the community

The four program components include:

  • School Counseling Curriculum: content delivered to all students

  • Individual Student Planning: assists students in planning and managing their educational career development

  • Responsive Services: addresses the immediate personal concerns of students

  • System Support: includes program, staff, and school support activities

The KUSD comprehensive counseling program supports the state and national Model Academic Standards for School Counseling:

  • Academic Domain

    • Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to successful learning in school and across the lifespan.

    • Standard B: Students will develop the academic skills and attitudes necessary to make effective transitions from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to a wide range of postsecondary options.

    • Standard C: Students will understand how their academic experiences prepare them to be successful in the world of work, in their interpersonal relationships, and in the community.

  • Personal/Social Domain

    • Standard D: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to understand themselves and appreciate the diverse backgrounds and experiences of others.

    • Standard E: Students will demonstrate effective decision-making, problem-solving, and goal-setting skills.

    • Standard F: Students will understand and use safety and wellness skills.

  • Career Domain

    • Standard G: Students will acquire the self-knowledge necessary to make informed career decisions.

    • Standard H: Students will understand the relationship between educational achievement and career development.

    • Standard I: Students will employ career management strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.

Additional benchmarks exist for these counseling standards at grades 4, 8 and 12: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_scstudentstandards

Counseling Curriculum Topics

  • Bullying prevention
  • Career awareness and exploration
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cooperation
  • Decision making
  • Depression and suicide prevention
  • Drug & alcohol prevention
  • Goal setting
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Peer pressure
  • Problem solving
  • Protective behaviors
  • Respect for diversity
  • Self-knowledge & management
  • Study skills

Individual & Group Counseling Options

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol & other drug abuse
  • Bullying responses
  • Domestic violence
  • Family changes
  • Grief
  • Social skills