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School Counselors Celebrated during National School Counseling Week

By Frank O’Gara
School Counselors Celebrated during National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was celebrated from 2-6 February 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems, including the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.
National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provided recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
DoDEA school counselors are actively engaged in college and career readiness in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world.
School counselors focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.
More than 32,000 school counselors nationwide participated in the week’s festivities. Many DoDEA schools around the world took the opportunity during the week to highlight counseling services available, and to showcase the work of school counselors.
More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website.

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