Confidentiality Statement: An obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. Information that a student shares within the context of a counseling relationship will not be disclosed without the permission of the client or where necessitated. However, disclosures will be necessary in instances where (1) a student is a harm to self, (2) a student is being harmed, or (3) a student is a harm to others.These reasons for disclosure also follows the guidelines and requirements of mandated reporting.
Personal/Social: An important function of the school counseling program is to help students achieve positive personal growth by promoting the development of effective interpersonal skills, fostering self-understanding, and demonstrating respect for others and self. Often, the focus is on problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, and goal-setting. Individual counseling, group counseling and classroom guidance activities are used to help students. Students can make direct referrals for themselves by contacting Mrs. Crawford or Mrs. Swanseen during the school day at the Counseling Office or by emailing them directly - Mrs. Crawford or Mrs. Swanseen.
The Personal/Social Development goals relate directly to those standards established by the American Association of School Counselors (ASCA):
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.|
Academics: A primary focus for the counseling office is the Academic Planning of each student.This refers to the development of a graduation plan, selecting a curriculum (grades 10-12), the scheduling of courses each school year, and monitoring graduation requirements. Detailed Information on these topics is located in the Course Selection Guide.
The American School Counselors Association (ASCA) has listed the following three standards as key to the academic achievement of our students:
Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning
in schools across the life span.
||Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
||Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.
Career Development: The Career Development of each student is an integral component and function of the school counseling department. Students are guided in making educational and occupational choices to develop and achieve their career goals. Individual and classroom career guidance activities are scheduled for students throughout grades 6 to 12.
The American School Counselors Association (ASCA) has identified the following three Career Development standards for students:
Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
||Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
||Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.
The Career Education and Work Standards, Chapter 4 of Title 22, which are part of the State Board of Educations regulations of required education for all students in Pennsylvania has developed the following four areas of career standards:
- Career Awareness and Preparation
- Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
- Career Retention and Advancement
Beginning with the Class of 2012, all NBC students are required to complete a Career Portfolio documenting each one's career development activities grades 8 through 12. Click here to read more about the Career Portfolio.
The school counselors are also in the classroom teaching. Three courses taught daily by the counseling office are Grade 7 - Career Education and Work Skills, Grade 9 - Career Planning, and Grades 10-12 - Child Development/Teacher Assistant Program. More information about these courses can be accessed on the Teacher Pages section of the school's website.