The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (2018) indicates that the needs of all students and the school system itself are met through four components: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support.
- Teach students to develop transferable skills for success
- Typically taught in the classroom through planned lessons
- Assist students in making individual goals for their academic and career futures
- Provide parents and guardians with information on postsecondary education
- Intervene on behalf of students whose circumstances put their educational, career, personal, and social development at risk
- May be preventative, remedial, or crisis-oriented
- Identify and coordinate resources and activities that indirectly benefit students
- Assess data to support an effective school counseling program
Recommended Program Balance Service Distribution
Texas Administrative Code Chapter 61, in addition to TEC 33.006(d) indicates that school counselors should spend "at least 80 percent of a counselor's total work time on duties that are part of a counseling program developed under TEC Section 33.005".
"For purposes of this subsection, time spent in administering assessment instruments or providing other assistance in connection with assessment instruments, except time spent in interpreting data from assessment instruments, is not considered time spent on counseling. Each school in the district shall implement the policy. A copy of the policy shall be maintained in the office of each school in the district and made available on request during regular school hours to district employees, parents of district students, and the public.”