• ASCA - PWES School Counseling Program



    ASCA Position

    School counselors deliver school counseling programs that enhance student growth in three domain areas: academic, career, and social/emotional development. As a part of that program, school counselors implement strategies and activities to help all students enhance their career development – the mindsets and behaviors students need to understand the connection between school and the world of work, plan for and make a successful transition to postsecondary education and work across the life span – while recognizing that growth in all three domains is necessary for students to be successful now and later in life.

    The Rationale

    As part of a school counseling program, school counselors provide resources and opportunities that help students explore their strengths and interests as well as career fields that align with these attributes. These efforts help students plan for and choose postsecondary pathways and create opportunities for students to develop college and career-readiness skills that help them successfully navigate postsecondary education and the world of work. School counselors recognize that each student, regardless of background, possesses unique interests, abilities, and goals, which will lead to future opportunities. By including culturally responsive practices within career development strategies, school counselors help historically marginalized populations create pathways for their future (Chan, 2019). Collaborating with students, families, educational staff and the community, school counselors work to ensure all students select a postsecondary path to productive citizenry (e.g., military, career technical certificate, or two-/four-year degree program) appropriate for the student. 



    American School Counselor Association. (2019). ASCA National Model: A framework for school counseling programs (4th ed.). 

    Chan, C. (2019). Broadening the scope of affirmative practices for LGBTQ+ communities in career services: Applications from a systems theory framework. Career Development Network Journal, 35, 6–20.