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(1)  In general, school counseling shall: 

(a)  meet the following conditions:

(i)  provide a comprehensive, preventive, and developmentally planned program to all students systematically;

(ii) develop and implement a counseling program based on data-informed decision making;

(iii)  advocate for all students and encourage students to develop to their full potential;

(iv)  respect the worth and dignity of all individuals by building trust and respecting confidentiality;

(v) value and respond to the diversity and individual differences in communities in a culturally responsive manner; and

(vi)  contribute as an integral part of the education process that is delivered through a variety of systems by school staff, students, families, business, and industry.

(b) include the following practices:

(i) maximize students' potential in the areas of academics, career, and personal/social development;

(ii) develop, implement, and assess a curriculum aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model which includes the student standards for success, mindsets, and behaviors which is presented through structured groups and classroom presentations;

(iii) conduct individual planning using assessment, advisement, placement, and follow-up;

(iv) deliver responsive services through individual and group counseling, consultation, and referral; and

(v) provide system support through management, consultation with staff, community outreach, and public relations; and collaborate with families, community stakeholders, and other educators to create environments resulting in positive impact on student achievement, attendance, and discipline.


History: Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-114, 20-2-121, 20-7-101, MCA; IMP, Mont. Const. Art. X, sec. 9, 20-2-121, 20-3-106, 20-7-101, MCA; NEW, 1989 MAR p. 342, Eff. 7/1/89; AMD, 2001 MAR p. 953, Eff. 6/8/01; AMD, 2023 MAR p. 255, Eff. 7/1/23.

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