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School Counseling



The vision of the School Counseling Staff is to work with schools to help ensure that each school has a fully implemented comprehensive school counseling program that supports the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students through the delivery of counseling curriculum, individual student planning, and responsive services. The program is managed and evaluated through system support activities that also support the on-going mission of the school.

Effective comprehensive school counseling programs are vital to the school climate and a critical element in the development of success ready students. Comprehensive school counseling programs have a positive impact on students, parents, schools and communities.






Advisory (Missouri School Counseling) 

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Awards (in Tab to the left)



Big Ideas (from School Counseling Curriculum)

Breaking Traditions






Career Advisors (in Tab to the left)

Career and Education Planning Guide (High School)

Career and Technical Education 

Career Education Materials

Career Videos


Child Abuse and Neglect Guide (CAN)

Collaborative School Mental Health: Connecting School Counselors and School Psychologists

Counseling to Student Ratio

Counselor Educators 

Crisis Plan

Curriculum (School Counseling) 




Death - Culturally Guidelines


2017/2018 Digests

Previous Years' Digests

Displaced Homemakers (look for Displaced Homemakers Manual)




Educator Prep Programs (School Counseling)

Evaluation (in Tab to the left)

Evidence of Impact

Ethical Issues 







Gender Equity - Step Up, Step Out Presentation

GLE Overview (School Counseling Curriculum)

Graduation Handbook

GSOS Materials

Gysbers Exemplary School Counseling Program 




Historical Archive

Homeless Youth and the McKinney-Vento Act



ICAP - Individual Career and Academic Plan, fomerly known as Personal Plan of Study 

IEP Position Paper

IIR - Internal Improvement Review

Individual Student Planning 

Integrated Services Model



Jobs in School Counseling






Legal Issues

Listserv (School Counseling) 



Manual (Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program) -- 2nd bullet on top

Mentoring (School Counseling) - in Tab to the right

Missouri Connections 

Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA)

MSIP5 Checklist

MSIP Process and Resource Standards




New Counselor Institute (in Tab to the right)





Personal Plan of Study - now called ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan)

Personnel Evaluation 

Planning Survey

Principal Counselor Agreement 





Recommended Use of Time (also noted in pg. 20-21) of the MCSCP Manual 


Resources and Links

Responsive Services 

Role of School Counselor





Small Group Topics

Standards (School Counseling)

Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

Suicide Awareness and Prevention (Youth)

System Support 



Time Task Analysis

Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative 
















504 Position Paper

The Gysbers Award is intended to recognize Missouri school districts or buildings that have demonstrated the commitment to pursue full implementation of the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program, and may also be used to apply for the ASCA RAMP Award. The decision to apply for this designation should be made by the building or district after completion and analysis of the results of the Internal Improvement Review (IIR) Documents must use Font Type: Arial and Font Size: 12 with no more than 200 words per section. One copy of the Gysbers Exemplary School Counseling Program Narrative, the building or district IIR and the IIR Program Improvement Plan must be uploaded as one PDF by the first Monday in September for the year applying.

For more information contact Dr. Rene’ Yoesel, DESE Director of School Counseling, at Rene.Yoesel@dese.mo.gov  or 573-751-0857.​


History of Missouri RAMP Schools

  1. Green Pines Elementary - Wildwood, MO (2010)
  2. Lasalle Springs Middle School - Glencoe, MO (2007)
  3. Morgan Selvidge Middle School - Ballwin, MO (2008, 2012)
  4. Stanton Elementary School - Fenton, MO (2009)


The regional Career Advisors work with school districts, area career centers, military, and post-secondary institutions to ensure that Missouri students will have the knowledge, skills and experiences to make successful transitions to post-secondary options based on their educational and career goals.

  • Work collaboratively with school districts to develop and enhance career pathways programs/processes
  • Assist school counselors in the development and implementation of a rigorous and relevant Individual Career and Academic Plan
  • Assist building administrators, CTE instructors and counselors to facilitate the development and implementation of Programs of Study (POS) in collaboration with DESE CTE program staff
  • Support schools with the implementation and integration of Missouri Connections
  • Coordinate regional Missouri Connections training and support
  • Collaborate on regular basis with DESE School Counseling section staff and DESE CTE program staff, to ensure regional and state programs are aligned and complementary  (coordinated through the DESE School Counseling Director and Missouri Career Pathways Manager)
  • Collaborate with the Missouri Pathways Regional Consultants
  • Promote and support the Breaking Traditions Awards
  • Provide assistance to comprehensive high schools, area career centers and community/technical colleges regarding strategies to improve nontraditional participation and completion in career and technical education programs
  • Assist with career planning opportunities such as a statewide Nontraditional event(s) featuring Nontraditional Careers. 


Meet your Regional Career Advisor





Biography and Information


Marisa Bowen



Jeffrey Beiswinger



Gwen Poss



 Polly Matteson



 Charlene Piel



Jackie Marling



Marci Dowdy



 Michelene Carbol



Jay Webster




This page is designed to provide you with information and resources to more effectively evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program. PowerPoint presentations videos, sample templates, and summaries of action based projects conducted by practicing school counselors are available to assist you in developing your own evaluation plan as required by MSIP.  

This presentation provides you with an overview of the evaluation process for comprehensive school counseling programs--a process that includes program evaluation, personnel evaluation and results evaluation.

Evidence of Impact (narrated Powerpoint) 

Program Evaluation: Determining the Level of Implementation

The first aspect of evaluation asks the question, "To what extent is the school counseling program fully implemented?"  MSIP5 Standard 6.9 begins to address this question by outlining the necessary and essential components of a school counseling program that is integral to the total educational process.

School counselors and administrators should first determine if the components are in place.


Time Task Analysis

Once it is determined that the program components are in place, it is important to determine the degree of implementation. For example, there may be a school counseling curriculum in place, but to what extent is it being delivered to students? The "Internal Improvement Review (IIR)" allows you to take an open and honest look at the degree to which your comprehensive school counseling program is being implemented. The links below provide access to the IIR and to a presentation that guides you through the IIR process. The end result is an action plan for you to follow that will lead you toward a more fully implemented comprehensive school counseling program. The Time on Task Analysis is a survey of the school counselors’ time spent on performing the tasks that have been assigned in the program as it currently exists. The results of this initial analysis will provide baseline data for comparing the time and tasks involved in the current program to the time on tasks chosen for the desired district’s comprehensive school counseling program. A district may conduct the Time on Task Analysis using 15 or 30 minute time intervals.

  • IIR Explanation Video 
  • Internal Improvement Review Document  Excel - Updated 01/2018
  • Internal Improvement Review (doc)
  • Internal Improvement Review for Career Centers - *coming soon*


Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

Student Learning Objectives (SLO)

Personnel Evaluation Documents

The following materials for the School Counselor Evaluation Process are aligned with the Missouri Educator Evaluation System.  As with all school counseling materials, districts are free to use and/or customize.  School Counselors should be provided support and evaluated using tools designed for school counselors. 

New Counselor Evaluation Documents

New Counselor



The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), School Counseling Section has partnered with the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) on a statewide two year mentoring program for school counselors who are new to the profession and for those who have been out of the profession for an extended period of time.  This program follows a Professional Learning Community format and has been tailored to meet the unique needs of school counselors. PLC’s challenge the practice of isolation and foster collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Missouri’s most talented and respected school counselors have been selected as PLC mentors to provide leadership and share their experiences and knowledge. Research indicates that mentoring is most effective when trust is established and mentors provide support that is non-judgmental and confidential.

The program has three major goals.

  1. The program’s first goal is to offer a professional development opportunity to new and returning counselors along with mentors that encourage skill development, collaboration and reflection. 
  2. A second goal is to become familiar with the responsibilities and administrative culture that are inherent in a comprehensive school counseling program. 
  3. The third goal is to support new and returning school counselors in their work with students and to build a cohort group of new and returning school counselors.

To upgrade from an Initial Student Services (ISS) certification to a Career Student Services (CSS) certification a school counselor must participate in a two year mentoring program (in addition to other criteria). After completion of this two year program, mentees will be issued a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certificate that can be used for certification upgrade.

For more information regarding the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Counseling mentoring program please contact Amber Ernst, supervisor, at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO  65102.

Amber.ernst@dese.mo.gov     573-751-3368

NCI 2018 will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia on July 9-12, 2018.  NCI is designed for those entering school counseling positions with:

  • A Temporary Authorization Certificate
  • An Alternative Certification with no or one year of school counseling experience
  • Recent graduation from a school counseling masters program and no counseling experience
  • No public school experience
  • Certification and experience but changing positions

Space is limited so apply as soon as possible. Priorities for acceptance will be based on the bulleted list above and date registration is received.  Local administrator approval is required. Registration must be received by June 18. No purchase orders accepted. Contact Chrissy Bashore at 573-751-6875.

Administrative Memos


Web Applications

Contact Information

Dr. M. Rene' Yoesel, LPC

Director of School Counseling

Chrissy Bashore

Assistant Director of School Counseling

Amber Ernst


Beverly Ponder

Administrative Assistant