The Massachusetts Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs is intended to: (1) guide school administrators and counselors in the development of measurably effective school counseling programs; and (2) help counselor education programs to align their curriculum with basic tenets of the Model. The Model will benefit students and educational stakeholders by illustrating how school counseling programs are central to the school mission while defining the responsibilities and standards for school counseling delivery and evaluation. The benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Programs that assist in identifying and removing barriers to student success, thus closing the achievement gap
  • Increased equity in access to school counseling services and interventions
  • Increased student motivation to enroll in and complete rigorous coursework
  • Support and training for teachers in school counseling principles and strategies to address learning and behavioral problems in the classroom
  • Programs and services that develop essential attitudes, knowledge and skills for student achievement and successful post-secondary transition to adulthood
  • Programs and services that assist students with education and career planning and decision making
  • Organized program coordination with staff, parents/caregivers and community resources
  • Data analysis of school counseling outcomes and variables for school improvement planning
  • Partnerships with business and industry to design programs that ensure students’ workplace readiness
  • Well defined roles and responsibilities for school counselors distinct from other student support service personnel
  • Student learning benchmarks and school counselor performance standards that guide the preparation and professional development of counselors, including a model for field placements and practice