State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).
Indiana Administrative Code 511 4-1.5-2 Personnel
(b) The following ratios are recommended for providing student services:
- (1) For elementary educational and career services, one (1) school counselor for every six hundred (600) students enrolled in grades 1 through 6 in the corporation.
- (2) For secondary school educational and career services, one (1) school counselor for every three hundred (300) students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in the corporation.
- (3) For student assistance services, one (1) school counselor, school psychologist, or master's level school social worker for every seven hundred (700) students enrolled in the corporation.
- (4) For health services, one (1) registered nurse for every seven hundred fifty (750) students enrolled in the corporation.
Indiana Administrative Code 511 4-1.5-5 Student assistance services
(a) School corporations shall provide student assistance services at the elementary and secondary school levels. (b) Student assistance services shall be coordinated by a:
- (1) certified school counselor;
- (2) certified school psychologist; or
- (3) certified school social worker (master's level). (c) Student assistance services shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
- (1) Prevention, which includes:
- (A) assisting teachers and parents in delivering the health and social studies proficiencies of the school curricula;
- (B) collaborating with community resources to develop summer and extended school programs to meet the social and recreational needs of students; and
- (C) educating school staff and parents on the developmental needs and behavioral management of students.
- (2) Assessment, which includes:
- (A) educating school staff and parents to identify and refer students who are experiencing problems that interfere with student learning;
- (B) obtaining and interpreting data on student needs; and
- (C) implementing the school's policies and procedures with regard to identifying and referring students with their families who are in need of special services.
- (3) Intervention, which includes:
- (A) providing brief individual and group counseling to students and families who need help with personal concerns or developmental problems; and
- (B) providing consultation services to school staff and parents regarding strategies for helping students cope with personal and social concerns.
- (4) Referral, which includes:
- (A) implementing policies and procedures for referring students and families to student assistance services and to community agencies for intensive counseling or other specialized services not available from the school;
- (B) disseminating a directory of community services and resources; and
- (C) creating a system to monitor referrals to ensure that students and families receive services in a timely and appropriate manner.
School Counselor Job Description
Model job description to comply with indiana law having a designated counselor.