||Benton Community School Counseling Program
Benton Community School Counseling Department Mission Statement
Benton Community School Counselors work with all students, school staff, families and members of the community as an integral part of the educational program. Benton school counseling programs promote success through a focus on academic achievement, social/emotional growth and career development.
The Benton Community Schools Counseling Department offers a comprehensive PK-12 Guidance program which provides preventative and developmental guidance services for all students. The program is an integral part of the total educational program, involving not only counselors but also administration, staff, parents, students, and community members. Sequential programming throughout the grades allows all students to learn specific competencies necessary for personal and career success in the new millennium. It is the belief of the Benton Community School counselors that all students can and will achieve to their fullest potential.
The program is generally proactive, stressing positive self-esteem, life coping skills, healthy choices, academic skills, career development, and personal growth to achieve one’s full potential. Responsive and crisis services are also provided for students experiencing difficulties in their personal/social, academic, or career growth. Individual dignity and cultural and value differences are respected at all times.
The counselor’s expertise is utilized through a variety of delivery systems, including use of community resources, consultation with faculty, parents, AEA personnel and therapists, coordination of educational programming, and direct teaching and counseling services.
The following curriculum is fluid and may change with the needs of students, staff, and families. Guidance is an infusion area, meaning that some of this curriculum is delivered through specific courses that may or may not be taught by counselors. Counselors in the district may deliver their portion of the curriculum in a variety of methods. Examples of these methods might include classroom guidance, small group counseling, individual counseling or advisor/advisee programs. All of the competencies may not be taught in a given year, but may be taught over a series of years to specific grade levels by counselors and/or classroom teachers.
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