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School Counseling

The Mission of Kansas Comprehensive School Counseling Program:
The mission of Kansas School Counseling Programs is to prepare all students to be contributing and productive citizens while supporting the academic mission of the school. School counseling programs are integral to the mission of schools and designed to support and enhance student learning, achievement, college and career readiness and facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of all Kansas students. School counselors collaborate with other educators, parents/guardians, and the community to ensure all students are prepared with the knowledge and competencies to be successful in their future.

To Accomplish this Mission:
The comprehensive guidance and counseling program is an integral part of a school district’s total educational program. It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by school counselors with the active support of parents/guardians, teachers,
administrators, and the community. As a developmental program, it addresses the needs of all students by facilitating their academic, career development, personal/social development, helping create positive and safe learning climates in schools, as well as helping students feel connected to
school and to at least one caring adult.

At the same time, the program assists students as they face issues and resolve problems that prevent their healthy development. The program is delivered through the following four program components:   

  • Guidance and Counseling Curriculum - structured group and classroom presentations
  • Individual Student Planning - appraisal, development of Personal Plans of Study, and successful k-12 and post-secondary transitions
  • Responsive Services - individual counseling, small-group counseling, consultation, and referral
  • System Support - program management, program evaluation, fair-share responsibilities, professional development, staff and community relations, consultation, committee participation, community outreach, and research and development

Counseling Standards

Kansas Curricular Standards for School CounselingRevised 11/2015. The Kansas State BoE approved the standards in May 2015; this document provides a framework for students standards relative to the academic, social-emotional and career domains of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program.
Kansas Comprehensive School Counseling Program 

School Counseling
Program Consultant

Kent Reed
(785) 296-8109

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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