The Counseling Services
The RRISD Counseling Program is systematically designed to be aligned with the ASCA National Model of comprehensive school counseling that is based on the academic, career, personal, and social/emotional needs of all students within the school district. Each school campus has a counseling program that is based on student competencies and specified goals for all students, is coordinated by school counseling teams in coordination with other school, parent or guardian and community representatives, uses data to drive program development and evaluation, is evaluated by a counseling supervisor on specified goals and agreed-upon student competencies, and includes direct and indirect student service components.
- The school counselor treats each student the way the counselor would want his or her own child treated.
- Round Rock ISD school counselors are equipped with the necessary skills to meet all of the needs of each student, sometimes drawing upon other resources available on the campus or in the community.
- The school counselor seeks professional development that enhances his or her repertoire of skills to be knowledgeable how to effectively support every student’s social/emotional and academic development to pursue desired career and post-secondary goals.
Direct student services consist of the personal interactions that counselors have with students in a variety of settings. Through direct student services counselors are able to assist students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to be successful and productive members of their communities. Direct student services include:
- School Counseling Core Curriculum
- Individual Student Planning
- Responsive Services
Individual planning for students in RRISD consists of ongoing systematic activities to help students establish, plan, monitor and manage personal goals and develop future plans. Counselors provide guidance units, career activities, and test information all focused on helping students explore their educational, career, and personal and social/emotional goals. Students may receive individual planning on an individual, small group or classroom basis.
Elementary Individual Planning
Elementary education and career awareness activities are the focus in elementary. Career awareness includes introducing students to the world of work, developing an appreciation for all work, obtaining a basic knowledge about clusters of different careers, and identifying their interests related to career clusters.
Middle School Individual Planning
Career investigation is the focus in middle school. Students discover their interests, aptitudes, abilities, and work-related values by investigating jobs and career clusters, the relationship of coursework to occupations, and the development of their plan. Students are able to connect their middle and high school courses with future goals, including post-secondary options and skills needed to be successful in the workplace.
High School Individual Planning
Counselors in high school focus on furthering education and career development. Round Rock students are encouraged to strive for the most rigorous graduation plan. All students are strongly encouraged to consider education and training beyond high school in order to prepare adequately for jobs that will be both interesting and rewarding.
The career development program at the high school level provides students with opportunities to fine tune their interests, abilities, work-related values enhance their employability skills, embark on detailed career information searches, and participate in career decision making activities.
Responsive services consists of activities to meet more immediate needs and concerns of students, including personal or crisis counseling, consultations with parents and teachers, and referrals to appropriate community resources.
Individual counseling is provided for students whose concerns or problems put the student’s continued educational, career, personal, or social/emotional development at risk. Counselors work in confidential individual counseling sessions to help students identify problems, alternatives, and possible consequences so the student can take appropriate action. Individual counseling is short term in nature.
Individual counseling is goal-directed and time-limited. When necessary, referrals are made to appropriate community resources. Students may self-refer or be referred by another concerned person.
Group counseling is provided for students who express difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns or normal developmental tasks. The ultimate goal of providing support through group counseling is to enhance students’ academic achievement and personal/social adjustment. Some students request information or help that is best delivered in a group setting or may participate in group experiences for support and skill development.
Using a Campus Needs Assessment that incorporates input from teachers, administrators, parents and students, the counselor recommends the students and the student issues which should be addressed through groups on the campus. As much as possible, groups are arranged to accommodate the academic schedule on each campus.
Crisis counseling provides prevention, intervention, and follow-up. Counseling and support are provided to students and families facing emergency situations. In addition to your counselor, Crisis/Support Counselors are available for students experiencing personal and/or emotional problems of a serious nature. Crisis/Support Counselors work with the school community to identify and program for areas of concern for students.
Crisis counseling is usually short term and temporary in nature. When necessary, referrals are made to appropriate community resources.
Indirect student services consist of services that counselors provide on behalf on behalf of students via interactions with others. Through indirect services counselors are able to enhance student achievement and promote student growth through change related to equity and access. Indirect student services include:
RRISD school counselors work with other educators, parents and the community to support the achievement of all students and to advocate for equity and access for all students through collaboration. Collaboration occurs in many different manner including but not limited to:
- Teaming and Partnering: Via the collaboration with staff, parents, and community organizations counselors are able to support the achievement of all their students and to
- School/district Committees: School counselors serve on many committees throughout their schools and the district and this provides a platform for counselors to advocate for the needs of their students. This collaboration also provides an avenue to generate resources for students and families and allows counselors to educate individuals and garner support for the school counseling program.
In addition to supporting the needs of counselors in the district, the RRISD Counseling Services Department also supports the two full-time licensed Child Development Centers, the S.T.A.R.S. Mentoring Program, and the Teen Parent Program. Additional information about each of these programs can be found by following the links listed below.
Robertson Elementary School counselor, Garrett Rimey highlights the importance of social-emotional learning in the classroom.