The mission of Counseling and Guidance Services is to promote and enhance student success through leadership, guidance, counseling, advocacy, and collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and community partners. Markers of student success include academic achievement, positive behavior, career/college readiness and resiliency.
Guiding Principles of Counseling and Guidance Services
- Is aligned with the District’s Goals and Educational Plan for Student Success – Improve Literacy, Numeracy and Student Success.
- Is based upon the American School Counseling Association’s National Model and Standards – promote and support academic, career and personal/social development for all students.
- Reaches all students through prevention, classroom guidance, advisement, teacher consultation, counseling, parent collaboration and referral.
- Is conducted in collaboration with all stakeholders.
- Uses data to drive program decisions and monitor student success.
- Seeks improvement each year based on results data.
- Shares successes with stakeholders.
School counselors are certified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. School counselors have a master’s degree in school counseling or a master’s degree in counseling with specialized coursework in human growth and development, personal and career counseling and a supervised internship. School counselors are encouraged to obtain certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor or as a Nationally Certified School Counselor.
School Counseling Services
There are certified, professional school counselors in every elementary, middle, and high school in the Las Cruces Public Schools. School counselors are critical partners in the delivery of a high quality education for all students and contribute significantly to the removal of barriers to learning. School counselors work in partnership with school staff to teach students skills that are necessary for academic success and to promote positive academic, personal, interpersonal, health, and career development for all students.
School Counseling Services at All Levels
- Provide comprehensive counseling and guidance services to all students.
- Communicate and consult with students, staff, parents, and community members about services available through school counseling.
- Provide information to students and families about academic programs and opportunities.
- Inform families about community resources.
- Work with students and families to support students in their transition from one school level to another.
- Understand and support the unique needs of the diverse school population.
- Provide services to address problems that affect student success in the school setting.
- Support the school when there is a crisis in the school community.
School Counseling Services at the Elementary School Level
Elementary school counselors provide comprehensive counseling and guidance services that address the particular needs of students enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grades. Elementary school counselors have specific knowledge of the developmental needs of children within this age group. They meet regularly with all students through school wide programs and classroom guidance lessons. School counselors also provide individual and group counseling for students when academic or behavior needs arise. School counselors help students develop knowledge and skills appropriate to their age and grade in the areas of academic success, personal growth, career awareness, and interpersonal relationships such as making and keeping friends, how to handle peer pressure and how to safely resolve conflicts. School counselors also regularly consult with parents and teachers to discuss ways in which they can support students. School counselors at the elementary school level are always available as a resource for parents to answer questions they may have about their child’s development.
School Counseling Services at the Middle School Level
Middle school counselors provide comprehensive counseling and guidance services that address the particular needs of students in 6th through 8th grade. Middle school counselors have specific knowledge of the developmental needs of children within this age group. Middle school counselors promote and enhance the academic, personal, social, health and career development of all students and guide students and their families in making informed educational decisions. Middle school counselors focus on helping students explore careers, enhancing self-esteem, building more mature communication and relationship skills, and developing positive work habits. Middle school counselors support students as they transition from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school. Middle school counselors also serve as a resource for parents and teachers and as a liaison with community agencies.
School Counseling Services at the High School Level
High school counselors provide comprehensive counseling and guidance services that address the particular needs of high school students. High school counselors have specific knowledge of the developmental needs of high school students. High school counselors help guide and support students through academic and career planning. School counselors monitor and support student progress in coursework and graduation plans. Academic and career advisement is conducted in collaboration with the District’s Career and Technical Education office and school faculty. School counselors also provide guidance and counseling to students to improve coping skills, decision-making, interpersonal relationships, personal responsibility, and other skills essential for being a productive citizen.
When Should a Parent Contact a School Counselor?
Parents who are concerned about their child’s behavior, emotional adjustment, or peer relationships at school are encouraged to contact their child’s school counselor.
School counselors can provide parents with information/advice related to the concern, coordinate any needed classroom accommodations with teachers and provide referral information if needed.
Parents who are concerned about their child’s academic progress are encouraged to set up a meeting with their child’s teacher(s). Parents may also ask the school counselor participate in the meeting. This may be especially important if the parent feels that their child has a non-academic problem or stressor that is contributing to problems in academic progress.