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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 (2 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, which is based on the current Missouri Career Education Mentoring Program for CTE teachers, has been tailored to meet the unique needs of school counselors.  Our charge in this program is to support both the mentee (new/returning counselor) and the mentor in creating a professional learning community.  This program offers an opportunity for some of Missouri's most talented counselors to share their experiences and knowledge. 

The program has three major goals. 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.  A second goal is to become familiar with the responsibilities and administrative culture that are inherent in a comprehensive school counseling program.  The third goal is to support new and returning counselors in their work with students and to build a cohort group of new and returning educators.To reach these goals, we have developed a mentoring notebook to guide the mentors and mentees through the mentoring process. 

The Missouri school counseling mentoring program is a collaboration between DESE and MSCA.  MSCA is divided into regions with each region having at least one mentor chair that is in charge of the mentoring program for that region.  The regional chair, with DESE's assistance, will be responsible for locating new counselors, pairing them with highly qualified mentors, and providing training for the program.  

For any further inquiries, please contact Chrissy Bashore at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO  65102, call at 573-751-6875, or by email [email protected] 

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