The ultimate goal of comprehensive school counseling programs is student success. The program design, delivery system, and content are designed to enhance the ability of all students to fully utilize the educational opportunities available to them. The program is delivered through the school counseling curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support. The three domains of academic development, personal/social growth, and career development are addressed in the program as it focuses on what all students, PreK-12, should know, understand, and be able to do within these domains in order to develop into contributing members of their communities.
Comprehensive school counseling programs, integral to the school’s educational environment, partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior. Targeted outcomes of fully implemented programs include increased student achievement, an improved graduation rate, better attendance, reduced disciplinary referrals, completed individual learning plans, and increased student participation in the community. The school counselor serves as a school leader, student advocate, and team collaborator who works to remove systemic barriers to student success. School counselors plan the comprehensive school counseling program, and facilitate its delivery.
School Social Worker
School social workers use a wide range of evidence-based strategies to ensure that students are in the classroom physically and mentally ready to learn. School social workers understand how to go out into the greater community to engage families and community organizations to create better outcomes for students (e.g., increased academic achievement, safety, attendance, and social-emotional-behavioral functioning). School social workers are assist in addressing barriers to learning such as promoting school attendance, assisting students and families dealing with homelessness, as well as child safety issues such as child abuse prevention. Some of the key roles of the school social worker include: advocacy for students and families, crisis intervention and coordination, assisting in developing comprehensive case histories, serving as the school-home-community liaison, and working with student assistance programs.
School nurses are a vital part of the student services team. The school nurse is a leader in the school community who oversees school health policies and programs. The school nurse serves in a pivotal role to provide expertise and oversight for the provision of school health services and promotion of health education. Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurse provides health care to students and staff, performs health screenings and coordinates referrals to the medical home or private healthcare provider. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment.