State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).
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.