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Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Section

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I obtain the latest revisions to the guidance curriculum?

The guidance and counseling curriculum lessons were last revised in 2008.  The curriculum lessons, as well as GLEs and unit and lesson templates can be found at the Guidance e-Learning Center.  The Guidance e-Learning Center is the repository for all online guidance and counseling resources. It is highly recommended that this site be bookmarked for future reference.

Are the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Manual and Comprehensive Guidance Kits (1998 edition, also known as “The Box”) available for purchase?
"The Box" is no longer available for purchase.  Many of the lessons in the box are in the process of being converted electronically with the goal of having them available on the Guidance e-Learning Center. When the lessons are available, word will be sent out via the Guidance Digest Distribution Lists.

Why is a needs assessment necessary and what are the procedures to follow in order to obtain appropriate information?
A curriculum planning survey should be conducted on a schedule that is aligned to the district's regular curriculum review schedule.

The curriculum planning survey provides information for program planning, information that can be shared with policymakers in order to ensure program support, a basis for the selection of goals and teaching units that address the three content areas, and another means for interacting with students, staff and parents.

Because student enrollments by district vary widely in Missouri, it is recommended that the needs survey be administered to a locally determined representative sample of students in grades 3-12, faculty/staff, and parents so that reliable information on which to base revisions of the guidance curriculum can be obtained. That information can, in turn, be used to determine how to meet both the assessed needs of the students and the objectives of the comprehensive guidance and counseling program.

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Who is qualified to administer individual psychological/educational tests?
There are no specific statutes that clearly define what courses/number of courses would constitute someone being fully qualified to administer individual psychological/educational tests.

Proper administration and interpretation of such tests would include the expertise to administer, score, interpret and integrate test results with observation of behaviors and other information about the student to make appropriate recommendations for intervention.

In addition to qualification guidelines contained in most test manuals, several professional organizations and Federal regulations have addressed this issue and are referenced below.

Counselors and other school professionals will vary in their abilities to administer individual psychological and educational tests based on their educational background and their experience.

As such, the decision must rest in the hands of the local district, relying on the expertise and experience of the school professional, and on the ethical guidelines established by appropriate professional organizations.

Interested parties may refer to ethical guidelines of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) at www.schoolcounselor.org and the qualifications guidelines in the manual of the tests being administered.

Additional References:

By training and experience the school psychologist and/or school psychological examiner is/are qualified to administer measures of cognitive ability, behavioral, and emotional development.  Other educational staff in your state’s public schools may also have the qualifications to administer these tests. 

Qualifications for test administration are determined by test publishers and are specified in the test manuals.  Other educational staff can assume responsibility for administering assessments in achievement and adaptive behavior.  They may also perform classroom observations.  Such staff may include special education teachers, school guidance counselors, remedial education teachers, classroom teachers, school nurses, and physical education teachers.

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How can I obtain information about counselor certification?
For information regarding counselor certification, contact Educator Certification at (573) 751-0051

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What is the school counselor’s role in special education?
Special services is an issue that must be addressed directly when the counselor’s job description is defined.  For example, if Special Education funds a percentage of counselor’s time, then that percentage of time must be deducted from the counselor’s time and effort in carrying out the district's comprehensive guidance program.  If the counselor’s time is not funded by Special Education funds, counselor involvement beyond the scope of the district’s comprehensive guidance program will keep them from spending 100 percent of their time in the guidance program.  Since comprehensive guidance program is for all students, there are many activities that include students enrolled in or who are eligible for Special Services.

Among these activities are:
*Participating with a member of the diagnostic team when counseling activities may be required
*Consulting with parents
*Conducting small group and individual guidance and counseling activities
*Conducting in-service training on topics such as team participation, skill or parenting conferencing techniques.

If there are any other questions, do not hesitate to call Guidance and Counseling Services at (573) 751-4383

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How can I obtain information about mentoring for new counselors?
Contact Bragg Stanley, Director , Guidance and Counseling Services at (573) 751-4383 or e-mail: bragg.stanley@dese.mo.gov

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