National School Counseling Week webpage banner with text: School Counseling--better together, February 7-11, 2022. Includes the American School Counselor Association logo.

Prince William County Public Schools recognizes

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week 2022, "School Counseling: Better Together," sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 7-11, 2022, 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. Both school and college career counselors are highly-educated professionals with a master's degree and beyond. They help students succeed in school, build relationship skills, and assist in planning their future career contributions to our world of work and community. An integral part of the total education system, school counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets, and behaviors.


Photo Challenge

The 2022 theme is - School Counseling: Better Together.

Celebrate school counseling by taking part in the 2022 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, #NSCW22, and #PWCScounseling.

Monday, February 7: School counselors and other school-based mental health professionals are better together because ...

Tuesday, February 8: School counselors and administrators are better together because…

Wednesday, February 9: School counselors and teachers are better together because…

Thursday, February 10: School counselors and the community are better together because…

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

 

The Role of School Counselors

School Counselors:

Circle enclosing text--school counselors work to create a future world where all students thrive.

  • 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.

 

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

School Counseling Curriculum

School Counseling Curriculum

Elementary (K-5)

Middle (6-8)

High (9-12)

ASCA Daily Webinars During #NSCW22

Daily webinars hosted by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) during

National School Counseling Week

Webinar: What Works: Anti-Racism at School, Monday, February 7, 2 p.m. EST, Facebook Live

School counselors and other school staff have a long way to go when it comes to addressing racism, bias and disproportionality at school, according to recent ASCA research. Only 37% of respondents to a recent survey review disproportionality with administrators. And even when respondents do engage in anti-racism efforts, only 15% have seen decreased gaps in achievement and opportunity. Learn how several educators are successfully tackling racism and bias.

Webinar: Leadership in School Counseling, Tuesday, February 8, 2 p.m. EST, Facebook Live

The themes of leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change are woven throughout the ASCA National Model and are integral components of a school counseling program. Leadership is the capacity or ability to guide others. School counselors use leadership skills to design, implement and assess their school counseling program. In this webinar, panelists share what leadership looks like on a daily basis in their school counseling program.

Webinar: Advocacy in School Counseling, Wednesday, February 9, 2 p.m. EST, Facebook Live

Implementing the ASCA National Model requires leadership, advocacy and collaboration with a focus on system change in outcomes. Advocating for your students, the school counseling profession and your school counseling program is critical. In this webinar panelists with discuss what advocacy looks like to them and their day-to-day life as a school counselor.

Webinar: Collaboration in School Counseling, Thursday, February 10, 2 p.m. EST, Facebook Live

Leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change are woven throughout the ASCA National Model and are integral components of a school counseling program. Collaboration, or the act of working together with other people or organizations to create or achieve a common goal, is key to the success of school counseling program that impacts student's academic achievement, post-secondary readiness and social/emotional development. In this webinar panelists will share what collaboration looks like to them and their school counseling program.

Webinar: Systemic Change in School Counseling, Friday, February 7, 2 p.m. EST, Facebook Live

Implementing the ASCA National Model requires leadership, advocacy and collaboration with a focus on system change in outcomes. Systemic change, or transformational change affecting the entire system is focused on the dynamic of the environment, not the individual. In this webinar panelists will discuss examples of system change work in their role as a school counselor.

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

Webpage banner with text--Thank you school counselors, for helping all students succeed