The Mental Health Crisis Prevention and Response Plan Template is now an integrated component of the overarching WV School Crisis Prevention and Response PlanTemplate. A writable "Word" version of the Plan Template is being finalized and will be posted soon. In the meantime schools may use the above guide and embedded Mental Health PlanTemplate to begin planning revisions to your Mental Health Crisis Prevention and Response Plan.
Annual CSCP Plan - TEMPLATE
What is a school counselor?
"A certified, highly-qualified, [minimum] master's-level professional counselor who addresses needs of all students in the areas of academic, career, personal/social development while at the same time, working collaboratively with educators, families, and the community." State Model Task Force, June 2010
The West Virginia School Counseling Program is based on the American School Counselor Association National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs. The mission for West Virginia school counseling programs is to focus on academic, career and personal/social development to ensure that every student benefits from a program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design and developmental in nature. The majority of the school counselor's time is spent in direct services to students, imparting specific skills and learning opportunities in a proactive manner. School counselors will collaborate with the full education team, advocate to improve student learning, and lead efforts for systemic change.
The vision for counselors in West Virginia is that Comprehensive School Counseing Programs in West Virginia will support all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to reach their fullest potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive, global citizens who respect themselves and others. The WVDE vision is to provide all West Virginia students appropriate and quality counseling programs that are data driven and focused on continous improvement.
Transforming School Counseing in West Virginia
Collaborative work among the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia School Counselor Association, the education leadership of the West Virginia Legislature, Marshall University and West Virginia University School Counselor Educators, and school counselors across the state resulted in sweeping legislation that redefined school counseling in West Virginia with state code revisions in 2002 and WVDE policy changes in 2004 andthen again in 2014. The redefinition in legislation and State Board Policy 2315 assures alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model for School Coumseling Programs© which reflects a major change in the way school counselors approach their work.
In February 2007 the state board established a full-time school counseling coordinator position to lead efforts to assist WV counselors in aligning school counseling programs with Policy 2315. Since 2007 Dr. Brady has led stakeholder development of an inaugural WV School Counseling Model, rubrics driven school counselor performance standards, a standards-based evaluation sytem, the Grade 6-12 LINKS Student Advisment Model, School Counselor Protocols, a state guide for Addressing Mental Health in School Crisis, online courses, the development of the Standards for Student Success that serve as foundational standards for school counseling programs and teacher-led advisory programs.. These resources have contributed to counselors being on task to serve students in relation to academic and learning development, career development and life planning, personal and social development, and global citizenship. We believe this work has contibuted to more students in WV graduating, with the graduation rate improving from 73% in 2007 to nearly 90% in 2016. This comprehensive website, filled with tools and resources, is designed to support counselors and school leaders in continually growing the integrated delivery of school counseling programs to better serve our students. You may contact our School Counseling Coordinator, Dr. Barbara Brady, BarbBrady@k12.wv.us, with questions, to seek help locating resouces, or to request technical assistance and/or professional development.