• K-12 Comprehensive Ҵý Counseling Program

    The K-12 Ҵý Public Ҵýs Comprehensive Ҵý Counseling Program (CSCP) is integral to each school's educational program.  The CSCP is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by Master-level certificated school counselors with the active support of teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the community.  The program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies that promote social, emotional, and academic development, as well as skills for career readiness. Working to strengthen student mental health, the CSCP also assists students as they work through issues that interfere with healthy development and educational progress.  Moreover, the CSCP helps create positive and safe school learning climates and helps students feel connected to the school.

    Ҵý Counselors provide services in four areas:

    ?Responsive Services

    Individual and group counseling, consultation, and referrals support a student’s mental health and social/emotional well-being, personal circumstances, concerns, or problems interfering with a student’s educational progress and social and/or emotional health.  Ҵý counselors are school-based mental health providers and use therapeutic techniques such as brief, solution-focused counseling, play therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy in their work with students. Parent/guardian involvement with the activities in this area is critical in helping students overcome barriers.  Students facing issues that do not impact the school environment or significant issues beyond what can be addressed in the school setting are referred to outside providers for additional support.


    Classroom lessons and activities from kindergarten through grade 12 help students learn about themselves and others and assist students with the development of coping skills to deal with life’s problems.  Additionally, students develop skills to promote school and career success.

    Individual Student Planning

    One-on-one consultation and group activities assist with academic success and post-secondary and career readiness.  Activities help students evaluate educational, career, and personal goals and develop individual career and academic plans (ICAPs).

    System Support

    Program administration and management activities support the school counseling program and other school programs.  These activities include program management, professional development, staff and community relations, consultation, community outreach, and evaluation.

    Implemented by school counselors in collaboration with parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators, the Ҵý Public Ҵýs CSCP effectively assists students in responding to the challenges of living and working in the 21st century.  Empirical research conducted in Missouri has shown that comprehensive school counseling programs positively impact students' social/emotional, academic, and career development and contribute to productive and safe school learning climates.

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    Susan Perkins

    Susan Perkins, M.Ed.

    Director of K-5 Ҵý Counseling



    Leigh Spence

    Leigh Spence, Ed.S

    Director of 6-12 Ҵý Counseling