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Thank Your Counselor During National School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

ConVal school counselors are actively engaged in:

  • helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents
  • working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world
  • focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and
  • working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

The school counselors’ mission is to provide all students with a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes student achievement through maximum growth in academic, career, and personal/social domains.

School counselors believe all students can achieve and reach post-secondary success. The school counseling program is planned, managed, delivered and evaluated by a team of certified professional school counselors using evidence-based practices.

School counselors:

  • believe the Implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program is the best way to meet the developmental needs of all students.
  • serve as advocates for all students.
  • cultivate opportunities for self-directed growth in academic, personal/social and career areas.
  • collect and analyze data in relationship to student achievement to implement change and guide program management.
  • believe in, and implement with fidelity, ASCA Ethical Standards.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more professional school counselors around the globe. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.