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Introduction to the Liberty Middle School Counseling Program
The LMS counseling program follows the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model:
A Framework for School Counseling Programs and the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model
for Alabama Public Schools. The models are data driven and results based meant to guide today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
Liberty Middle School Counseling Program Mission Statement:
The LMS School Counseling program seeks to engage the whole student to promote balance in meaningful
academic, career and social emotional learning. The program believes that all students should have a warm,
familial school environment that celebrates individual strengths, embraces academic rigor, and recognizes
failure as an opportunity for growth.
Use of Time All components are required for a comprehensive school counseling program.
Direct Services to Students
School counseling core curriculum
Provides developmental curriculum content in a systematic way to all students
80% or more
Individual student planning
Assists students in the development of educational, career and personal plans
Addresses the immediate concerns of students
Indirect Services for Students
Referrals, consultation and collaboration
Interacts with others to provide support for student achievement
Program Planning and School Support
Foundation management, accountability and school support
Includes planning and evaluating the school counseling program and school support activities
20% or less
Role of the Middle School Counselor
“During the middle school grades, counselors’ concerns shift to the changing needs of the young adolescent. Middle school counselors focus on helping students to establish, identify, and balance academic, career, and personal/social goals. Efforts begun in elementary schools are continued and expanded, although an emphasis is placed on the transition into high school. In addition, middle school counselors help students integrate knowledge of their interests, aptitude, and academic skills into the formation of a high school four-year educational plan and educational/career planning portfolio for high school and beyond.”
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
To support the students’ right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardians and staff members
To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when:
- Student poses a danger to self or other
- Court ordered disclosure
- Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
- Privileged communication is not granted by state laws and local guidelines (e.g. school board policies)
To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist.
To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)