Program Components

  • School Counselor Curriculum The Comprehensive School Counselor Program curriculum framework is organized around three strands, Social and Emotional Development, Academic Development and Career Development.
  • Individual Student Planning Individual Planning is a program component of the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program (MSCP) that assists all students with educational/career planning, educational transitioning, and self-appraisal for decision making. Individual Planning is vital to every student's college and career readiness development grades K-12.
  • Responsive Services The school counselors should be available and responsive to special or unexpected needs of students and parents/guardians. Thus, the purpose of the Responsive Services Component is to work with students whose personal circumstances, concerns or problems have the potential to interfere with healthy social/emotional, academic, and career development. Issues that students may face include academic challenges, educational and career decision making, family loss, relationships, school attendance, stress, substance abuse, physical abuse and neglect, and suicide. As a result, there is continuing need for individual counseling, small group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and referral. The Responsive Services component also supports the activities in the School Counseling Curriculum and Individual Student Planning components.
  • As students are supported in overcoming barriers to their social/emotional, academic, and career development, parent/guardian involvement is essential.  This may come in the form of referring their children for assistance, working with school counselors to identify issues of concern, giving permission for needed services, and providing help in resolving issues.

    Responsive services are implemented through the following: individual counseling, small group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, and referral.
  • System Support The Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program System Support component contains the management activities and services required to effectively support a district's comprehensive school counseling program.
  • The system support component is implemented through activities such as: Program management
    -Program evaluation
    -Personnel evaluation
    -Results of evaluation
    Professional development
    Staff and community relations
    Consultation and collaboration
    Committee participation
    Community outreach
    Program advocacy
    School support
  • Students receive guidance through: Individual and Group Counseling
    Academic Support
    Career Exploration
  • Counseling topics might include: Divorce
    Academic Support
    Drug Abuse
    Family Issues
    Suicide Prevention