Professional development for counselors is aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards and Competencies and with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program Standards (Pre-K - Grade 12). Topics will be addressed to assist school counselors in developing the four components in their school counseling program: Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning and System Support.
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Mental Health Resources
Resources for Teachers and Schools: In response to national and state concerns about the impact of bullying on students, The 82nd Texas Legislature approved measures that require school districts to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. It further directed the DSHS, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to provide an annually updated list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in general education settings.
Bullying Prevention Resolution for SHACs: a model resolution for local School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) to consider recommending for adoption by local school boards.
Bullying Prevention Resources Digest: a list of websites and resources that offer curricula, videos, handouts, connection to expert speakers, and other resources that can be used to address bullying and suicidal behavior - many of which are free.
Bullying Prevention Resources - Included are bullying talking cards, a one page front and back resource outlining SB 179 - "David's Law", as well as bullying scenarios and checklist from the Texas State - Texas School Safety Center