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:
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.
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.
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
- Conflict resolution
- 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
- Alcohol & other drug abuse
- Bullying responses
- Domestic violence
- Family changes
- Social skills