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Counselor Mentoring Program

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 Lore’e Libbert, Program Specialist, at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO  65102.

Loree.libbert@dese.mo.gov       573-751-4383