Goals of Developmental Guidance and Counseling


Goal 1: Understanding the School Environment enables students to become more familiar with school facilities, procedures, and programs and includes helping students learn more about guidance services and the role of the school counselor.


Goal 2: Understanding Self and Others focuses on such matters as helping students learn more about their abilities, interests, and personal characteristics.  Students learn to identify their strengths and areas in which they want to improve.  This goal includes self-assessment, self-acceptance, and the development of self-confidence.


Goal 3: Understanding Attitudes and Behavior continues with an emphasis on understanding of self and others, but gives particular attention to how habits, attitudes, and perceptions can affect behavior.           

Goal 4: Decision Making and Problem Solving attends to setting goals and making responsible decisions.  It involves an increased awareness of factors that influence change and decision-making, as well as helpful procedures for problem solving.


Goal 5: Interpersonal and Communication Skills emphasizes the value of developing positive interpersonal relationships and how communication skills affect the way in which people interact with one another.  Interpersonal and communication skills are related to friendships and working relationships with students, teachers, and family.


Goal 6: School Success Skills is designed to help students be more successful in school.  This includes study skills, learning behaviors, time management, conflict resolution with peers and teachers, and developing positive attitudes and habits which enable one to get the most out of school.


Goal 7: Career Awareness and Educational Planning helps students to understand more about the world of work, to increase their career awareness, and to perform in-depth career exploration related to personal skills, interests, and abilities.  In addition, attention is given to making educational plans, including selecting courses, preparing for graduation and future education, developing employability skills, and learning how to search for employment.  Career Development and Occupational Survey (CDOS) Standards are covered. 

The CDOS Standards are:
  • Standard 1:  Career DevelopmentStudents will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.
  • Standard 2:  Integrated LearningStudents will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.
  • Standard 3
a:  Universal Foundation SkillsStudents will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace.
b:  Career MajorsStudents who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.


Goal 8: Community Pride and Involvement stresses community involvement.  It emphasizes how students can be responsible and productive people in their communities.  It also focuses on community resources.