The Four Component Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Model
Rooted in the mission of the church, the Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Model for Catholic Schools utilizes research-based practices to provide a systematic, planned program delivered by trained mental health professionals that promotes the academic, physical, social, emotional, behavioral, moral, and spiritual development of every child and youth served in Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The mission of the Catholic school counselor is to translate the mission of Catholic education and their school’s unique Catholic identity and faith traditions into a program of highly effective counseling services for students, faculty, and the school community. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools identifies guidance and counseling services as an essential element which contributes to the framework for the design and implementation of academic excellence in Catholic education:
Section Two: Standard 9
An excellent Catholic school provides programs and services aligned with the mission to enrich the academic program and support the development of student and family life.
Guidance services, wellness programs, behavior management programs, and ancillary services provide the necessary support for students to successfully complete the school program.