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Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Services

Recognition


Gysbers Award

The Norman C. Gysbers Award is intended to recognize the school buildings or school districts in the State of Missouri that have demonstrated an exemplary level of implementation of  the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program that, in turn, has resulted in demonstrable positive impact on its students.  The Gysbers Award was developed by a committee that included professional school counselors, counselor administrators, counselor educators and Missouri Department of Education personnel.

The award is named after Dr. Norman C. Gysbers, Curators Professor, Educational, School & Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Dr. Gysbers, who graciously consented to his name being used for this award, is an internationally-known authority on Comprehensive Guidance, which is the foundation for the current comprehensive guidance program used in Missouri.

The content for the Gysbers Award structure is based upon Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) Guidance Standards, the Internal Improvement Review (IIR) document and the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program.

The GYSBERS will:

The deadline for applications is July 15 of each year.  The award is presented at the Missouri School Counselor Association conference in November of each year.

For more information and/or to obtain application materials, contact John Robbins, Supervisor, Guidance and Counseling Services by phone at 573-522-1488 or by e-mail at

John Robbins

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Success Award

The Guidance and Placement Services Section of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), has developed the SUCCESS AWARD to recognize school districts or individual buildings within districts for their commitment to fully implementing a comprehensive guidance program focusing on the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.  Full implementation signifies that professional school counselors are spending 100% of their time working within the framework of a comprehensive guidance program as established by DESE.  Full implementation further signifies that the program incorporates a results-based approach in the evaluation of its program using relevant student data to demonstrate the impact of guidance interventions on student outcomes.

There is a growing body of evidence at both the state and national levels that more fully implemented comprehensive guidance programs make a value added contribution to student achievement and other positive student outcomes.  The work of professional school counselors in the delivery of the comprehensive guidance program is a further testament to those findings.

Fully implementing a comprehensive guidance program does not occur without the support of the central office and building administrators, teachers, parents and students.  This award recognizes that the district or building has demonstrated that commitment through its board policy and its willingness to provide the resources that allow school counselors to devote their time to working with students to promote their academic, career and personal/social development. 

The entire staff and community can be proud of the work being done by professional school counselors in buildings or districts that receive the SUCCESS AWARD.

The deadline for applications is July 15 of each year.  The award is presented at the Missouri School Counselor Association conference in November of each year.

For more information and/or to obtain application materials, contact John Robbins, Supervisor, Guidance and Counseling Services by phone at 573-522-1488 or by e-mail at

John Robbins

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Professional Recognition Awards for Individuals

Recognition is given annually to individuals who have made major contributions to the counseling profession as counselors, guidance directors/supervisors and administrators/counselor advocates.  The activity or accomplishments for which the nomination is made must have occurred within the last five years.

Award Categories include:

Award are presented at the Missouri School Counselor Association fall conference.  For more information about MSCA awards and recognition, visit the  MSCA Awards

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