The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and personal/social development so they achieve success in school and prepare to lead fulfilling lives beyond formal education.
Academic development guides school counseling programs to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student's ability to learn.
Career development guides school counseling programs to provide the foundation for the acquisition of skills and knowledge that enables students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work, and from job to job across the lifespan.
To address the personal/social development of students, school counseling programs focus on providing the foundation for personal and social growth as students progress through school and into adulthood.
These domains inform the types of programs and resources provided by school counselors. In addition, they form the foundation for the National Standards set for students by ASCA.
ASCA National Standards for Students was established to help school counselors help students. ASCA National Standards identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program. These standards address the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. Best of all, by adopting and implementing ASCA National Standards, school counselors change the way school counseling programs are designed and delivered across our country.