The Water Lily Way

A school counselor's story of how to live, work and play…the water lily way

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Lesson Plans for School Counseling Core Curriculum

An important aspect to delivering a comprehensive school counseling program entails providing students with lessons or activities that are preventative and developmental in design. School Counseling Core Curriculum is often thought of as “guidance,” however curriculum can actually be delivered to students in a school through several strategies such as:

Direct Instruction:

School Counselor’s teach school counseling core curriculum in a variety of subject areas to all students in classrooms, school counselor offices, computer labs and other school facilities. School Counseling Core Curriculum is focused around the three domains: academic development, career development and personal/social development.  The ASCA model encourages school counselors to allocate 35%-45% of their total time spent at school providing students with school counseling curriculum. Not only does direct instruction provide students with knowledge, skills and new awareness’s, but it also assists the school counselor in identifying students who may need further support in either a small group setting or through individual student counseling.

Groups Activities:

The school counselor facilitates groups outside of the classroom to meet individual student needs or interests. The groups promote academic, career or personal/social development to enhance student skills and knowledge within these areas.


Examples of possible content topics for direct instruction or group activities:

Academic support

Career awareness

Career exploration

Character education

Conflict resolution

Cultural competence

Goal setting


Protective behaviors

Relational skills

School safety


Social skills

Stress management and healthy coping




The following are lesson plans that could be used to deliver school counseling curriculum to students. The lesson plans have been created using the current templates provided by ASCA for school counselors.

Personal/Social Lesson #1

Career Lesson Plan #1

Academic Lesson Plan #1


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Intro to Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Hi all & welcome to the part of my blog that is dedicated towards information on developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program (CSCP). Most of what I will be providing in upcoming posts will be based on the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model (3.0). As  I finish the second year of my graduate program, and continue on to my internship experiences, I will be sharing what I am learning in the field, from my classmates, professors, and supervisors that pertain to comprehensive school counseling programs. I am currently completing my practicum at an elementary school, and will be moving to a new elementary school and a middle school during my first internship experience next fall (2014). With that being said, I will be exposed to several different school counseling programs. Likewise, in my graduate courses I am learning a significant amount of information in regards to school counseling program design, implementation and assessment. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and also, I welcome you to teach me or share any resources you may have in regards to approaching and maintaining an effective school counseling program.

Implementing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in our schools is SO critical in order to meet the needs of ALL of our students, focus on and achieve school counseling program goals, and demonstrate effectiveness of interventions, curriculum and small groups. As an aspiring school counselor, I understand the importance and benefit in collarboarting and sharing ideas with other school counselors, parents, school staff, administrators and community members. My hope is that not only this aspect of my blog, but the entire website will create a community for exchanging ideas, thoughts, interventions, etc. Through this we can work together in our schools, homes and communities to advocate for student success, encourage positive social development in our youth and increase the mental health and wellness of our young people.

Stay tuned for more. 🙂