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Prince William County Public Schools recognizes

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2023, "School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big," sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6-10, 2023, to recognize the unique contribution of school counselors within PWCS and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success and launch into their thriving futures.

Who are School Counselors?

Both school and college career counselors are certified/licensed educator professionals with a master's degree and beyond. An integral part of the total education system, school counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets, and behaviors; build relationship skills; and assist in planning their future career contributions to our world of work and community. Division-wide, school counselors improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program based on the Virginia Department of Education Standards for School Counseling Programs (PDF) and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model (PDF).

The School Counselor's Role

As defined by ASCA:

School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They uphold the ethical and professional standards of ASCA and promote the development of the school counseling program based on the following areas of the ASCA National Model: define, deliver, manage and assess.

School Counselors:

  • help students manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills;
  • are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development;
  • help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children;
  • collaborate with families/teachers/administrators/community to help students reach their full potential and set realistic goals for themselves to ensure success;
  • seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society;
  • advocate for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings; and
  • assist with individual academic advising and planning for postsecondary options (higher education, military, workforce)

Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.

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Photo Challenge

The 2023 theme is School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big

Celebrate school counseling by taking part in the 2023 National School Counseling Week photo challenge.

Simply download each day's sign by clicking on the date, write in your response and then take a picture with it to post to your social media channels. Be sure to tag @PWCSNews, #NSCW23, and #PWCScounseling.

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Photo Challenge:
I help students dream big by...

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 Being a school counselor is a dream come true because...

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 My students help me dream big by...

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My school helps students dream big by...

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My dream for the school counseling profession is...

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Join us in celebrating your student's school counselor this week!

Possible Reasons to Contact Your Student's School Counselor

Possible Reasons to Contact Your Student's School Counselor

  • Academic skills support
  • Bullying intervention and prevention
  • Brainstorming solutions to conflicts
  • Career preparation
  • Coping, problem-solving, decision-making concerns
  • Crisis or trauma support
  • Divorce, separation, and family changes
  • Experiencing loss, death, and grief
  • Finding out how to search for scholarships
  • Having a bad day and talking to someone who will listen
  • Making important decisions
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Parent Military Deployment
  • Peer relationships and conflict resolution
  • Post-secondary planning and college application process
  • School transition/adjustment concerns
  • School-based and community resources information or referrals
  • Substance abuse awareness
  • Suicide intervention and prevention

National School Counseling Week School Toolkit

Provided by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Promotional Toolkit (PDF)