The PCSD Counseling Department is Aligned with the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) national model, guidelines, and standards.
The mission of the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Program is to enable all students, regardless of individual differences, to acquire the educational preparation, occupational skills, and social awareness necessary to reach their highest potential in an ever-changing society.
The Paulding County School District professional school counseling program has aligned the work with the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) National Model. The ASCA National Standards reflect the expectations for all students to achieve. Professional high school counselors support students in three areas of their lives: academic, career, and personal/social. School counselors collaboratively work with all stakeholders in the following delivery systems:
- School Counseling Curriculum - guidance lessons or activities to promote the knowledge, attitudes and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development, and personal/social growth. The lessons include classroom guidance, group activities (intentional guidance), and parent workshops and instruction.
- Individual Student Planning - activities designed to assist students to establish personal goals and develop future plans, which include appraisals and individual or small group advisement.
- Responsive Services - activities that meet students' immediate needs and concerns, such as consultation, individual and small group counseling, crisis counseling, referrals, and peer facilitation.
- System Support - activities that enhance the school counseling program and support the school. The activities include professional development, consultation and collaboration, and program management and operations.
In addition to the counseling staff at every high school are graduation coaches (fully certified counselors), who support students through whole school, small group, and case-management interventions.