About School Counseling
Dorchester School District Two School Counselors provide for the well-being of the whole child with P.R.I.D.E. by leading the way with every student, every day.
- Provide meaningful experiences and keep students as the central focus!
- Rely on data-driven evidence to enhance student engagement by delivering a multi-tiered, multi-domain, accountable, and comprehensive school counseling program!
- Invest in unlocking each student’s personal best through academic, behavioral/personal health, and career development!
- Develop and expand collaborative partnerships among stakeholders!
- Encourage future-ready students to have productive employability/transitional skills, activities, and experiences that are age- and developmentally-appropriate!
All district school counselors abide by the ASCA Professional Standards for School Counselors; federal, state and local laws; and district school board policies and procedures.
Dorchester School District Two School Counselors desire to be proactive in their efforts to advocate for the whole child, expecting each student to achieve at his/her optimum level in all areas for successful futuristic planning and transition into the World of Work.
The information students share with the Counselor is confidential. The student's right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school rules. All meetings held with the Counselor will remain confidential unless the student or parent gives permission to share information with related parties. As Professional School Counselors, we respect the rights of confidentiality of personal information disclosed during conversation(s) between ourselves and students, except in the following cases:
- If the student presents danger to him or herself.
- If the student presents danger to others.
- If the student has been abused by others, and/or if required to do so by court order.
- If the student gives permission for the information to be shared.
“Serious and foreseeable harm is different for each minor in the school setting and is determined by students’ developmental and chronological age, the setting, parental rights and the nature of harm” (ASCA, 2022).
As mandated reporters, we are bound by Federal and State law to break confidentiality in the situations mentioned above and will do so to protect our students and to remain legally and ethically true to our profession. The Professional School Counselor may consult with other school professionals but will only share information necessary to achieve the goals of the consultation.