During the 2021 legislative session, the Legislature passed Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5030, which was the result of a multi-year effort by the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA) and other statewide advocates to clarify the role of the school counselor in alignment with current best practices. SSB 5030 requires districts to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program (CSCP) for all schools within the district that addresses students’ social/emotional, academic, and career development in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.
The best way to structure your program is to focus on three essential components - academic, career, and social emotional development. RCW 28A.410.040
Hatching Results and OSPI have created a comprehensive set of 5030 resources that include: 5030 resources to inform your CSCP staff PD, recommended alignment activities by CSCP staff role, and CSCP resources by topic and 5030 required component.
School counselors use the ASCA National Model to design, implement, evaluate, and improve comprehensive school counseling programs. Model School counseling programs deliver proactive, preventative, data-driven, and standards-based services to all students. This module will support school counselors in implementing the ASCA National Model in alignment with Washington Senate Bill 5030.
By the end of this module, we will be able to:
The ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies outline the mindsets and behaviors school counselors need to meet the rigorous demands of the school counseling profession and the needs of pre-K–12 students. These standards and competencies help ensure new and experienced school counselors are equipped to establish, maintain and enhance a school counseling program addressing academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development. These standards and competencies can be used in a variety of ways.
In this document, ASCA specifies the obligation to the principles of ethical behavior necessary to maintain the highest standards of integrity, leadership and professionalism. The ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors were developed in collaboration with school counselors, state school counselor associations, school counseling district and state leaders, and school counselor educators across the nation to clarify the profession’s norms, values and beliefs.