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School Counselors

A shared vision to provide West Virginia students appropriate and quality counseling guided an initiative to redefine the existing school counseling program. Collaborative work among the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia School Counselor Association, the education leadership of the West Virginia Legislature, and school counselors across the state resulted in sweeping legislation that redefined school counseling in West Virginia in 2002.


The redefinition in legislation and State Board Policy 2315 adopts the National Standards for School

Counseling Programs developed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). At the core of this national model are student centered standards

and competencies in three domains: academic, career, and personal/social development. The ASCA National Model reflects a major change in the way school counselors approach their work.


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 all West Virginia students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to reach their fullest potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.





Office of Student Services
and Health Promotion

Building 6, Room 309
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
Phone: (304) 558-8830
Fax: (304) 558-3787

West Virginia Department of Education