Westerly Middle School Guidance Department
10 Sandy Hill Road Westerly, RI 0289
Phone:401-315-1601 FAX: 401-348-2752
"Home of the Bulldogs"
Many parents, students, and educators wonder what a School Counselor does, what his/her role is, and what services they can provide to help ensure student growth and success. Please read the description below, written by The American School Counseling Association.The Professional School Counselor’s RoleProfessional school counselors have a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, meet the state certification/licensure standards, and abide by the laws of the states in which they are employed. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and other applicable professional counseling associations, and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: Foundation, delivery, management and accountability.FoundationProfessional school counselors identify a philosophy based on school counseling theory and research/evidence-based practice that recognizes the need for all students to benefit from the school counseling program. Professional school counselors act on these philosophies to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of a culturally relevant and comprehensive school counseling programs. Professional school counselors create a mission statement supporting the school’s mission and collaborate with other individuals and organizations to promote all students’ academic, career and personal/social development.DeliveryProfessional school counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents/guardians, school staff and the community in the following areas:• School Guidance Curriculum – This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional school co