Counseling Mission and Purpose

Why Counseling Programs?

Students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success.

School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. School counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. DaVinci's school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. 

This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. DaVinci's counselors follow the ASCA National Standards with it’s data driven and results-based focus serves as a guide for our school counselors who are uniquely trained to implement this program.

 

DaVinici Academy Framework of Programs

  • Individual Student Planning
    • Goal-setting/decision- making 
    • Academic planning 
    • Career planning 
    • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses 
    • Transition planning
  • Responsive Services
    • Individual and small group counseling 
    • Individual/family/school crisis intervention 
    • Peer facilitation 
    • Consultation/collaboration 
    • Referrals
  • System Support
    • Professional development 
    • Consultation, collaboration and teaming 
    • Program management and operation
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Requirements for a School Counselor

A School Counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the DaVinci's counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness. 


Counselor's manitain skills in the following:

School Guidance Curriculum
Academic skills support 
Organizational, study and test-taking skills 
Education in understanding self and others 
Coping strategies 
Peer relationships and effective social skills 
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution 
Career awareness, exploration and planning 
Substance abuse education 
Multicultural/diversity awareness

DaVinci Counselors Collaborate With:

  • Parents
    • Parent information night 
    • Communication/networking 
    • Academic planning programs 
    • Parent and family education 
    • One-on-one parent conferencing 
    • Assessment results interpretation 
    • Resource referrals 
    • College/career exploration
  • Teachers
    • Career portfolio development 
    • Assistance with students’ academic plans 
    • Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc. 
    • Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically 
    • Classroom career speakers 
    • At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
  • Parent communication/education
  • Administrators
    • School climate 
    • Behavioral management plans 
    • School-wide needs assessment 
    • Student data and results 
    • Student assistance team building 
    • Leadership
  • Students
    • Peer education 
    • Peer support 
    • Academic support 
    • School climate 
    • Leadership development
  • Community
    • Job shadowing, service learning 
    • Crisis interventions 
    • Referrals 
    • Parenting classes 
    • Support groups 
    • Career education