Guidance and Counseling

Department Contact:

Nell Fielding

Director

(682) 867-7506
nfieldin@aisd.net

The Guidance and Counseling department is a service agent for the district in providing counseling related services for students, staff and parents. The office staff works directly with each campus in the district. The Director coordinates all guidance programs for students. Counselors conference with students and provide an educational assessment based on observation, but more extensive counseling (psychological or psychiatric) is referred at parent's expense. While serving as a liaison, the Director works to establish an ongoing contact with accessible outside services on a sliding scale, if appropriate.

The Guidance and Counseling department also works directly with all counselors in the district, providing direction and ongoing updates concerning guidance programs, required coursework, graduation plans and scholarship information. The Drop-Out Prevention department, the Student Development and Support Services department, and the Drug and Alcohol Interventionists are part of the Guidance and Counseling department.

Four Components of a Comprehensive, Developmental School
Guidance and Counseling Program

Guidance Curriculum

Provides guidance content in a systematic way to all students.

Areas addressed:

  • Self-confidence development
  • Motivation to achieve
  • Decision-making, goal setting, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Interpersonal effectiveness
  • Communication skills
  • Cross-cultural effectiveness
  • Responsible behavior

Responsive Services

Addresses the immediate concerns of students.

Areas addressed:

  • Academic concerns
  • School related concerns (tardiness, absences/truancy, misbehavior, school avoidance, drop-out prevention)
  • Relationship concerns
  • Physical/sexual/emotional abuse
  • Grief/loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Family issues
  • Harassment issues
  • Coping with stress
  • Suicide prevention

Individual Planning

Assists students in monitoring and understanding their own development.

Areas Addressed:

ACADEMIC

  • Student skills
  • Educational opportunities
  • Course selection
  • Lifelong learning
  • Test scores

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

  • Healthy self-concepts
  • Adaptive and adjustable social behavior

CAREER

  • Potential career opportunities
  • Career/Tech training
  • Positive work habits

System Support

Includes program and staff support activities and services.

Areas Addressed:

  • Guidance program development
  • Parent education
  • Teacher/administrator consultation
  • Staff development
  • School improvement planning
  • Counselor’s professional development
  • Research and publishing
  • Community research public relations

Career "I CAN" Statements

Elementary

  • I CAN identify my interests
  • I CAN explain how my interests connect to my career choices
  • I CAN understand how my school attendance, my behavior, my willingness to work cooperatively can directly affect my career choices
  • I CAN understand how my school performance will influence my career exploration

Junior High

  • I CAN use my Learning Styles and Interest Inventory results to explore possible careers
  • I CAN research colleges and universities using the knowledge I gained from my career exploration
  • I CAN create a portfolio of my career and college interests that will follow me to high school
  • I CAN use the information in my portfolio to guide my course selection for high school

High School

  • I CAN write an effective resume
  • I CAN apply decision-making strategies when selecting courses for high school
  • I CAN demonstrate the skills needed to be successful in the workplace
  • I CAN respect the rights and responsibilities of my co-workers

Guidance Curriculum

  • August
    • Introduction Lessons
  • September
    • Self-Confidence Development
  • October
    • Responsible Behavior
  • November
    • Motivation to Achieve (Careers)
  • December/January
    • Communication Skills
  • February
    • Cross-cultural Awareness
  • March
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • April/May/June
    • Decision Making, Goal Setting, Planning and Problem-solving Skills (Careers)

Guidance and Counseling