PHILOSOPHY OF GUIDANCE
Welcome to the West Milford Guidance & Counseling Department
The West Milford Guidance & Counseling Department consists of two units- one at West Milford High School and one at Macopin Middle School.
We believe the function of a school counselor is to assist the student in obtaining maximum benefit from his/her high school experience. This very broad statement implies guidance activities that touch every phase of the student’s development.
We believe that, as school counselors, our task is to aid the student in making decisions and choices that will result in the widest range of post-secondary options.
We believe in the right of the student for self-determination and, in turn, in his/her obligation to accept responsibility for the consequences of his/her decisions. We also feel an obligation to influence these decisions in light of our training and experience by presenting the possible choices and consequences of each choice unbiased to the student.
In that part of the program that is planned, we feel we should concern ourselves chiefly with the choice of a school program, adjustment to course requirements, adjustment to school society, and the choice of post-secondary school experiences, both educational and/or vocational.
The WM Guidance program is based on both the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model as well as the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) model for secondary school counselors.
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American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) model
American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Statement on the Role of the School Counselor
The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs. Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement. Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement. Incorporating leadership, advocacy and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The program is designed to be of assistance to students of every grade level in the high school to assist with issues not only related to academics, but also to social/emotional concerns. The Substance Awareness component of the program provides relief to students having school related or family difficulties due to alcohol/drug use (with associated behavioral and psychosocial challenges). The program offers intervention, prevention, referral and support services to students.
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