COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PLAN
The FHCL Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling Plan is designed to promote and enhance the learning process. The Ferndell Henry Center for Learning Counselors are certified School Counselors as well as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). The specialty designation of LPC affirms the ability of our counselors to move beyond the traditional limitations of school counseling and directly address crisis situations by providing evidence based treatment modalities in the school setting as well as individual emotional issues that are psychological in nature. FHCL Counselors work with all students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community through a balanced program of counseling and guidance services. Large- and small-group structured learning units provide systematic instruction for all students in all grade levels. Consultation services concerning student behavior and academic progress are provided for parents, teachers, and administrators. Our program is aimed at facilitating, promoting and enhancing student development through three broad areas:
LEARNING TO LIVE (Personal/Social Development) The development of personal/social standards is an integral part of an individual’s pursuit of success in life. To understand and respect self, relate positively to others, make informed and safe decisions, cope effectively with change, and become responsible citizens are essential to this process.
LEARNING TO LEARN (Academic Development) The development of academic and educational standards is an integral part of an individual’s pursuit of life-long learning. Being able to achieve educational success, identify and work toward goals, manage information, organize time, and locate resources are essential to this process.
LEARNING TO WORK (Career Development) The development of career standards is an integral part of an individual’s pursuit of success in the world of work. Being able to develop the knowledge and skills to make realistic career plans, make a successful transition from school to work, achieve interdependence, and compete in a global economy are essential to this process.
The FHCL comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program organizes the work of our counselors into four major components: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support.
· The Guidance Curriculum component includes structured experiences presented systematically through large- and small-group activities for all grade levels. The curriculum emphasizes decision making, self-understanding, career development, and the improvement of study skills.
· The Individual Planning component includes counseling activities to assist all students in planning, monitoring, and managing their own academic achievement as well as their personal and career development. Individual planning emphasizes test interpretation and educational counseling including post-secondary and career planning.
· The Responsive Services component addresses the immediate needs and concerns of students. Such services include personal counseling; crisis counseling; agency referral; consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals; and support groups.
· The System Support component includes indirect guidance management activities that maintain and enhance the total guidance and counseling program. The responsibilities of guidance counselors in this component encompass staff and community relations, special research projects, committees, professional development, and student-support teams.
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