• School Counseling Curriculum Philosophy

    The Mountain Brook School Counseling curriculum philosophy believes in the worth and dignity of each student and values his/her uniqueness.  All services are provided in cooperation with teachers, administrators, students and parents.  

    We view the School Counseling Program as:

    • Providing all students with opportunities to achieve school success.
    • Being an integral part of the local school's total instructional program.
    • Providing sequential activities organized and implemented by certified personnel.
    • Developed to serve all students within the school district with age-appropriate activities and services. 

    The K-12 School Counseling Program addresses the learning needs of each student by helping him or her acquire competencies in the areas of:

    • Academic Development
    • Career Development
    • Social/Emotional Development

     

    STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

    STANDARD A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the                              life span.  
    STANDARD B: Students will complete school with academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-                              secondary options, including college.
    STANDARD C: Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.


    STANDARDS OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT 

    STANDARD A:  Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed                               career decisions. 
    STANDARD B:  Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
    STANDARD C:  Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.  

    STANDARDS OF SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

    STANDARD A:  Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and                               others. 
    STANDARD B:  Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.
    STANDARD C:  Students will understand safety and survival skills. 

     *Reprinted with permission from the American School Counselor Association. (2003) The ASCA National Model:  A Framework for School Counseling Programs.  Alexandria, VA:  Author.