Educational Counseling ResourcesProvides resources on counseling and student support services and programs.
The links below are organized alphabetically as a resource for educators and others who manage district, county, or school-based school counseling programs.
California Association of School Counselors (CASC)
The state chartered association guiding the work of school counselors working in California schools.
CASC Position Statements
Encompasses information topics on various areas relevant to the school counseling profession.
CASC School Counselor of the Year Annual Awards
Criteria, including submission criteria and other awards related to the school counseling profession.
California Code of Regulations Title 5, Section 80049.1(c)
Community-based service providers, individuals completing counseling-related internship programs, and state licensed individuals providing services on school campuses are required to be supervised by Pupil Personnel Services Credential Holders. For additional facts go to Information Brief: Provisions for Pupil Personnel Services to Provide Supervision for Counseling-related Services in Grades Pre Kindergarten through Twelve (PDF) and California Department of Education advisory letter Requirements for Securing the Services of Mental Health Professionals to Provide Related Services to Special Education Students.
California Education Code Section 49600
Outlines the requirements associated with educational counseling in schools.
California Education Code Section 49602
Defines specific confidentiality requirements when working with students, ages twelve and older.
No Counselors: How the Lack of School Mental Health Staff
Is Harming Students (2019)
Report from the American Civil Liberties Union indicate a severe shortage of the staff most critical to school safety and positive school climate—school-based mental health providers including shortages in school counselors, psychologists, nurses, and social workers.
This open-sourced website provides sample lessons, mental health resources and materials for educators during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Counseling/Student Support - CalEdFacts
Provides a detailed overview of counseling programs.
COVID-19 Planning Considerations and Resources: Addressing Staff & Student Mental School for Re-entry
Provides a three-step process in schools transiting from online learning to in-person learning.
CASC video that describes school counseling services from the perspective of students and teachers.
Federal grant to increase mental health awareness and promote wellness among grades kindergarten through twelve students in California
Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling,
School Psychology, School Social Work, and Child
Welfare and Attendance Preconditions and
Specialization Standards (2020)
Report that provides a training framework for university training programs under the authorization of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Sample Board Policies and Regulations School Safety
Local educational agencies are accountable for defining school counseling programs within board policies in their district (BP/AR 6164.2).
School Counselor Role in California Multi-tiered System of Support
Orange County Department of Education's multi-tiered system of support information.
School Counselors - How their work is making a difference in California school
Video describing the need and research in meeting student mental health needs.
School-based Mental Health: School and Community Partnerships
Joint Position Statement: Community
CASC document outlines mental health programs on school campuses.
State of Student Wellness 2021 (PDF)
Fact Sheet that describes statewide survey data on student mental health issues following returning to in-school learning and COVID-19 related issues.
Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC)
A continuous improvement tool that gives a school site an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results. Includes lists of the California Counselor Leadership Academy winners.