School Counseling Curriculum Plan

I’ve had several counselors email me recently to ask how to plan out their year using my school counseling curriculum. The first thing I always, always say is, “Don’t just plan the year with my curriculum. Do your needs assessment and look at your data first, and go from there.” The curriculum is a good starting point or place to pull from, but always start from your need assessment and school-wide data to build your school counseling curriculum plan.

Okay, now that we got that disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about why you need a school counseling curriculum plan. At the end of this post, there is a link to have a sample year-long curriculum plan emailed to you as well.

School Counseling Curriculum Plan

Why you need a curriculum plan:

Plain and simple: you need a curriculum plan to provide a focus to your program that addresses the needs of your students. A curriculum plan will help you move away from the “taking requests” style of classroom guidance toward a data-driven plan to address the needs you identify through your needs assessment and data analysis.

Can I just use this curriculum plan for my school?

Probably not. This is not intended to be a one-size-fits-all plan. This is a sample to show how one counselor planned units. This may or may not fit for you, and that’s okay. Again, look at what your students need and make your plan based off of that. But do use this to help yourself visualize how you might map out your own curriculum if that’s helpful!

What to consider when creating your plan:

Look at your school-wide data, needs assessments, referrals, holidays, breaks, and national focus months. See what skills your students are lacking and create a plan to address those skills through classroom guidance and small groups.  ASCA has some great templates for members to use in doing this (look for the School Counseling Curriculum Action Plan form).

Look at this school counseling curriculum plan:

To have this plan emailed to you, visit this page and enter your email address. Then, let’s chat more about what ideas you have for your curriculum plan!

create a school counseling curriculum plan with your schoolwide data and needs assessments. draft your school counseling curriculum map to plan your classroom guidance lessons and small group counseling program!

7 thoughts on “School Counseling Curriculum Plan

  1. I recently joined your email list and got your elementary counseling curriculum plan. As I am looking at it I see “pumpkin pals.” I am wondering if you could tell me more about this? I teach 1st grade in a public school in Michigan and we do not have any counselors at our school. We have a social worker and a school psych. However, a child must have an IEP in order to work with the social worker. I am looking for something I can fit into my schedule that might help my kids. Currently I use the 2nd step program, but I feel my kids need more.

    1. Hey Danielle! The Pumpkin Pals unit is a character ed/friendship skills lesson set that covers patience, understanding, mutual respect, protectiveness, kindness, integrity, and non-judgment (PUMPKIN acronym). Each lesson has a story (PPT) and a mini lesson, and there are handouts or games for each lesson with a student workbook too. It’s ideal for K-1 and each lesson is about 15-20 minutes. Here’s a link if you want a closer look!

  2. Hi Keri! I am so excited to begin using the Curriculum Map. I have the editable “Daily Counseling Calendar,” but cannot seem to gain access in order to edit it. Do you know how I could gain access so I can begin working on my own curriculum map?

    Thanks for reading!

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