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Comprehensive School Counseling Programs


The ultimate goal of a comprehensive school counseling program is student success. The program's design, delivery, and content are dedicated to enhancing the ability of all students to fully utilize the educational opportunities available to them. The PreK-12 program is delivered through direct and indirect services designed to address three domains of student development: academic, personal/social, and career.

Comprehensive school counseling programs are integral to the school's educational environment and partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior. Professional school counselors plan the comprehensive school counseling program and facilitate its delivery in collaboration with school administrators, other professional educators, and community members to produce measurable results. In a comprehensive program, the school counselor serves as a leader, advocate, and collaborator working to recognize and remove systemic barriers to student success. Resulting positive changes include increased student achievement, an improved graduation rate, better attendance, reduced disciplinary referrals, completed individual learning plans, and increased student participation in the community.
National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week 2021, (NSCW), "School Counselors: All In for All Students," sponsored by the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) and American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2021. State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor has issued a National School Counseling Week proclamation, acknowledging the great work of school counselors! National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success, and plan for a career. Thank you to all school counselors who offer their time and effort every day to make a difference in students’ lives!
Orientation for School Counselors New to the Field

The Orientation for School Counselors New to the Field is an opportunity to connect with the DPI School Counseling Consultant, network with other professionals new to the role in the last few years, learn/dialogue about school counseling related topics and best practices, and discover available resources. Join the learning and conversation and get support in your new role because we all know that learning it is different than living it! 

This is a free virtual event, held on September 30 and October 1, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. See the New School Counselor Orientation Flyer for more information on topics and how to register for the event.

Virtual FAFSA Training 

Join us for a FREE Virtual FAFSA Training on Thursday, November 18th from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. to learn about the FAFSA application process, how it benefits all students, common myths, tips for supporting students, addressing special factors, getting connected to resources, and a Q & A session with FAFSA experts. For more information, see the Virtual FAFSA Training Flyer and Registration Form


Topics and Information


ASCA/WCSCM Model Information
Information about the ASCA National Model and the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model; including links for purchasing. Additionally, links to the ASCA School Counselor Performance Standards, the WCSCM Academic Standards for School Counseling Programs, DPI's Pupil Services Licensing Standards, and an example of how to crosswalk WCSCM Academic Standard Benchmarks with Core Academic Benchmarks for 4th, 8th, and 12th grades.

Legal and Ethical Resources
Wisconsin State Statute 118.01, Standard 'e', the ACA Code of Ethics, and ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors.

School Counselor Preparation and Licensing
Answers to questions about school counselor preparation, DPI-approved preparation programs, and how to get or renew a DPI school counseling license are found here.

Professional Development
Titles and links for an assortment of conferences, seminars, and workshops are found here, along with professional organizations and other professional resources.

Special Connections
School counselors connect to an array of special areas of development or initiatives. Find connections to information regarding career development, state & national initiatives, working with students from military families, and other areas relevant to school counselors.

Integration with Pupil Services
Resources concerning collaborative pupil services and mentoring the initial pupil service educator.

Other Resources
A variety of resources: Powerpoint presentations on an assortment of topics, the most current student-to-school counselor ratios, and the contact information for DPI's school counseling consultant.

For questions about this information, contact (608) 266-8960