National School Counseling Week, February 4-8, 2013
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is pleased to honor school counselors during the National School Counseling Week. Thank you, DoDEA school counselors, for your dedicated efforts to support the success of our students!
During the week of February 4–8, 2013, DoDEA joins the celebration of National School Counseling Week to recognize the service and contribution of school counselors worldwide. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contributions of professional school counselors as an integral part of the educational process of all students.
By assisting in developing self-respect, awareness of others and positive learning attitudes, DoDEA’s school counselors provide to all students, a comprehensive counseling program that fosters the foundation for life-long learning. DoDEA’s Competency Based Counseling Program (CBCP) is aligned with the ASCA National Model and provides an integrated continuum of direct and indirect services and activities to promote physical and mental health wellness. Developmental in nature, preventative in design and comprehensive in scope, the CBCP is based on the national counseling standards in academic, career and personal-social development to promote and enhance the learning process. As student advocates, counselors are passionate about wanting the best for all students, academically and developmentally.
Students today often face challenges, personally and socially. School counselors are strategically positioned to help students develop strategies to deal with the challenges they face and overcome obstacles. Young people live in an exciting, ever changing world that offers limitless possibilities. School counselors are there to listen, help students learn about themselves, and aspire to do great things!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Today is the fifth day of “National School Counseling Week.” There is an old saying that goes, “No man is an island.” We need each other, and your actions can affect others around you even when you don’t always realize it.
Today, try and have a positive impact. Do something nice for someone or for your school. Hold a door open for a teacher, talk to someone you don’t know very well. Pick up a piece of trash in the cafeteria, and throw it away.
True success is not only getting what you want but also reaching out and giving to others and to your school and community. Remember the words of Henry Davis Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined” and you will be a success.
Your teachers are here to help you during this journey. Your principal is too. And when you need someone who will listen that you can trust, remember that your school counselor is always here for you.
Thanks for celebrating this week with us…. Make it a great day! Make it a great year!!!