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School Counseling Advisory Committees

Local Education Agency (LEA) Counseling and Guidance Advisory Committee

In order to ensure that the system’s comprehensive counseling and guidance program is an integral part of the total school system and community, the LEA counseling and guidance advisory committee must be in place. The LEA counseling and guidance advisory committee is a representative group of persons appointed to provide advice and assistance for the school counseling and guidance program within a school system. The committee should consist of representative stakeholders of the school counseling and guidance program, including students, parents or guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators, school board members, as well as business and community representatives. Ideally, advisory committee membership reflects the community’s diversity. The advisory committee serves as a communication liaison between the comprehensive counseling and guidance program and the community. The LEA counseling and guidance advisory committee reviews program goals, competencies, and results, and participates in making recommendations to the school counseling and guidance department, principal, and superintendent. It is recommended that the committee meet at least twice a year.

Individual School Counseling and Guidance Advisory Committee

In addition to the LEA counseling and guidance advisory committee, each local school must establish a counseling and guidance advisory committee to advise and assist with the development and implementation of the comprehensive counseling and guidance program as reflected in the LEA advisory committee guidelines. The committee helps identify student needs and provides program support. The individual school counseling and guidance committee assists with the development and implementation of the comprehensive counseling and guidance program. Committee members represent all interested parties of the comprehensive counseling and guidance program: students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and community resource persons. It is recommended that the committee meet at least twice a year.

 

Information provided and found from the Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model for Alabama Public Schools