Frequently Asked Questions

Model – Foundation

How does a school counselor begin writing a comprehensive school counseling plan?
The foundation section provides different components that will assist a department in developing their plan. It is suggested to begin with the framework assessment, followed by the mission/philosophy, and then the school counseling department goals.

What is the difference between the Foundation and a school counseling plan?
The foundation is the first component of the school counseling plan. The foundation includes the mission statement, and philosophy. The school counseling plan is the overall document that includes the foundation, management, delivery and accountability. A school counseling plan includes all of the activities that a school counselor performs.

Where can I find examples of the components of the comprehensive school counseling plan?
School Counselor Central provides site users with examples of mission statements, philosophies and goals at the bottom of each section. School counseling departments should create their own, but guiding statements are provided.

What is a framework assessment?
A framework assessment guides the school counseling department on what components of a comprehensive school counseling program have been achieved and those components still missing.

Can the school counselors retake the assessment more than once?
School counselors can take midyear assessments to monitor the work being completed. The assessment results are utilized to prioritize the work that needs to be done by a department to create a school counseling framework.

Why is there a job description listed?
School counseling tasks may be determined at the local level and not mandated. School Counselor Central provides school counselors with a template to establish the professional role of the school counselor to include in a comprehensive school counseling program.

Can entries be edited once completed?
School Counselor Central allows the Foundation entries to be modified as needed.


Model – Management

What are management tools?
Management tools are the activities of a school counseling program that support the professional practice.

What is an Advisory Committee?
An advisory team provide feedback on the school counseling program activities and identify needs. Although highly recommended, it is up to each local school district if they will develop an advisory team. School Counselor Central provides the template for minutes on an advisory committee.

What is the School Counseling Plan?
The school counseling plan is the area in which all activities provided by the school counseling department are listed. Activities can be described as individual meetings, classroom lessons, groups, student centered meetings and presentations. The school counseling plan is described by each of the ASCA National Standards domains (academic, personal/social, and career) as well as by grade level.

How do I know what is the delivery method for the activity?
The site has a dropdown on the initial entry for selection.
Individual- meeting one on one with a student.
Classroom- lessons aligned to the national standards of school counseling.
Responsive services- addresses immediate needs of students- i.e. crisis intervention.
System support- administrative tasks to maintain the comprehensive program.

Who do I enter in staff involved?
Never enter specific names of colleagues. If other staff members are involved in the delivery of the school counseling program, then list their position. It shows the collaborative approach to a program.

Why does the activity need an evaluation method?
A comprehensive school counseling program recommends that activities be measured for student understanding and effectiveness of the program. School counselors have different formats to evaluate: grade improvement, pre/post survey, feedback, etc.
Is each activity its own school counseling plan?
No. School counseling plans are programs done yearly encompassing all activities.

Is it best for the plan to map out the entire year?
Yes. Districts require the plan to be a yearly mapping of activities.

Model – Delivery

What is a lesson creator?
The lesson creator is where school counselors will enter the classroom lessons delivered in the school counseling program plan. Every guidance lesson should be aligned to:
National Standards of School Counseling Domain: academic, personal/social, college/career.
Mindset and Behaviors standards which answers: what concept will be delivered in the lesson?
State content area where the lesson will be delivered. Lessons should include specific information on what resources are needed, instructions on delivering the lesson and evaluation methods.

Can lessons be edited once entered?
Lessons can be edited once they are entered. Lessons are also archived and can be rolled over to the following year by the user.

Model – Accountability

Is the program review the same as the framework assessment?
Yes. The framework assessment should be reviewed at the end of the year for completion of identified needed areas and identification of areas to work on for the following year.

Can we add or change questions?
No. The questions were developed by CSCORE (http://www.umass.edu/schoolcounseling/) and were aligned to the components of the comprehensive school counseling model developed by the American School Counseling Association. Any additions or changes could cause problems with the validity of the assessment.

My Students

Can every counselor view all students?
The view of all students is determined by the roles and responsibilities of subscribers. School counselor role only see their own caseload. Site administration role can see all students and school counselor activity. Users determine roles upon subscription.

Do notes get archived in the system so I can refer back to them as needed?
Yes, notes are archived and users can run reports dated back in years to obtain the information.