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Comprehensive Guidance

Purpose of the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program: 

The purpose of the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program in the school setting is to promote and enhance the learning process of every student. The role of counselors is to facilitate student development in the areas outlined in our district model as the Four Purposes of Education:  Personal Development, Essential Skills, Civic Responsibility, and Career Preparation.

The school counseling program has characteristics similar to other educational programs, including a scope and sequence, student competencies, activities and processes to assist students in achieving these outcomes, professionally licensed personnel, materials and resources, and accountability methods. Our emphasis is to help our students learn more effectively and efficiently.

 


"Would you tell me, please,
which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on
where you want to get to",
said the cat.

Alice in Wonderland

Program Characteristics

  • Reaches 100% of students.
  • Guidance Curriculum (Pro-Active and Preventative).
  • Involves ALL Students, Parents, Teachers, Counselors, and Community Partners.
  • Facilitates the SEOP Process.
  • Developmental and Sequential.
  • Unique and Responsive Services.
  • Focuses Upon Needs and Goals.
  • Measures Program Effectiveness.
  • Helps Facilitate School Improvement for Student Learning

Process of Delivery

Various methods of delivery are employed through the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program to ensure that these program standards reach every student.

Guidance Curriculum

Guidance Curriculum provides a vehicle to deliver guidance program content in a systematic way to all students through classroom and group activities.

Individual Planning

Individual Planning responds to the increasing need for all students to plan, monitor, and understand their growth and development. This planning involves students, parents, counselors and teachers.

Responsive Services

Responsive Services focuses on the critical needs of students by providing help to students who face obstacles that interfere with their growth and development in achieving competency in the guidance standards.

System Support

System Support includes the management of activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total guidance program and support the total school program.

Four Purposes of Education

1. Personal Development

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Understand importance, influence, and maintenance of a positive self-concept.
  • Learn and utilize social skills which assist in working positively with others and in making friends.
  • Demonstrate integrity, dependability and responsibility.
  • Recognize and develop talents, abilities, interests, skills, and motivation.
  • Understand and practice a healthy lifestyle.
  • Utilize planning techniques to identify and achieve specified goals.
  • Learn and apply assertive decision-making process.
  • Develop effective coping and problem-solving skills.
  • Learn skills to balance life roles, expectations and activities.
  • Identify personal values, attitudes, and beliefs.
  • Gain respect for others' points of view and differences.
  • Diversify interests to gain experience and express creativity.
  • Use reflection and feedback for self-evaluation and growth.
  • Understand how individual choices and actions affect self and others.
  • Gain knowledge of learning styles to positively influence school performance.
  • Express feelings in an appropriate manner.
  • Recognize personal boundaries, rights, and privacy needs.

2. Essential Skills

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Communicate for understanding.
  • Practice problem solving.
  • Use reasoning and critical thinking.
  • Access and use information.
  • Expand and integrate content knowledge.
  • Initiate own learning over a lifetime.
  • Balance reason and emotion in making good decisions.
  • Gain understanding and skill in drawing conclusions and consider consequences of those conclusions.
  • Develop proficient skills in reading, writing, math, speaking, listening and using technology.
  • Develop good work habits.
  • Develop effective time and task management skills.
  • Accept mistakes as essential to the learning process.
  • Take pride in work and achievement.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with stress.

3. Civil Responsibility

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the community to promote personal and public good.
  • Understand and promote the democratic process.
  • Learn to understand the balance between individual and group rights.
  • Respect diversity and differences.
  • Understand and support law and order in society.
  • Become informed about social issues.
  • Use community experiences to enhance the school experience.
  • Understand that school success prepares for the transition from student to community member.
  • Recognize that everyone has rights and responsibilities.
  • Gain an understanding of appropriate and inappropriate physical contact.
  • Prepare to be an employable, economical and productive citizen.

4. Career Preparation

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Understand and implement the career planning process.
  • Know and understand benefits of educational achievement to career opportunities.
  • Understand opportunities in non-traditional occupations.
  • Obtain skills to understand, use, locate, evaluate, and interpret career information.
  • Develop skills to enter and participate in further education and training.
  • Know skills necessary to seek and obtain jobs.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with change and transitions.
  • Use an educational plan to support career goals and select course work that is related to career interests.
  • Develop hobbies and vocational interests in order to balance work and leisure.
  • Develop a positive attitude toward work and learning.
  • Practice skills in applying technology, allocating resources, developing interpersonal skills, evaluating information and understanding systems.
  • Gain understanding of the inter-relationship of life roles and the impact of work on individual, family, and society.
  • Develop skills in writing a resume, filling out an application, and interviewing well.
  • Experience work base learning, such as job shadows, internships, and apprenticeships.
  • Know about the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.

College & Career Readiness Plan

Davis School District Smaller Learning Communities
The Smaller Learning Communities (SLCs) program awards discretionary grants to local schools or districts to support the implementation of SLCs and activities to improve student academic achievement.  

Utah State Board of Education Career Pathways -- Career & Technical Education (CTE)
Career Pathways show students a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities or getting a good job when they graduate. Students who focus on a Career Pathway acquire the skills necessary for entry into well-paid careers with high potential for rapid financial growth, increased levels of responsibility, and a high degree of personal satisfaction.

Assessments & Education

Assessments for Personality Type, Career Interests, and Work Styles

Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Personality Test

Career Questionnaire from College Board On-line
Finds careers that match your interests and abilities.

Career Profile from Princeton Review
Find detailed career information.

Learning Styles Questionnaire
Understand individual learning styles.

Research Career and Specific Occupation Interests

Career OneStop Toolkit
Career exploration, training and job listings.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.