Role of School Counselors

According to the American School Counselor Association, School counselors help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

School counselors provide culturally responsive services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:

Direct Student Services

Direct services are culturally responsive in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:

School counseling core curriculum: This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired Comprehensive School Counseling Standards (Mindsets and Behaviors) standards and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classrooms and group activities.

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors For Student Success

  • Individual student planning: School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing academic, social/ emotional and career goals. This is the purpose of Oregon’s Education Plan and Profile.
  • Responsive services: Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.

Indirect Student Services

Indirect services are ways that school counselors work on behalf of students. This may include coordination or consultation with parents, teachers, other educators and community based organizations, and referrals for outside services. Examples of these things include: Partnering with local non-profit organizations, coordinating holiday support for our students and families, coordinating with county and state agencies for social services, collaborating with teaching staff on delivery of comprehensive services.

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Riding The Waves
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RIding The Waves is a curriculum that helps to teach students about emotions and coping strategies that can help with difficult emotions. This curriculum helps to meet the Adi's Act requirements, to teach skills that address youth suicide prevention. This curriculum is taught in 5th, 7th and 9th grades.

Second Step
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Second Step is a social emotional Curriculum taught district-wide to all K-6 students. Students learn important lessons in the four primary content areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotional Management and Problem Solving.

Character Strong
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Character Strong is a Character Education and Social Emotional Curriculum taught to middle school and high school students. Canby School District uses the Advisory curriculum. Lessons are focused on the SEL Competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making and character development of Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Commitment, Humility.


Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn. In 2012, Erin introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, requiring that all public schools implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. As of July 2019, Erin’s Law has been passed in 37 states.

In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade ​in all Oregon public schools.

SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:

  • A minimum of four (4) instructional sessions of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12.
  • Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards.
  • Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based.
  • Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics.
  • A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel.
  • An evaluation component with measurable outcomes.
  • Trauma informed instruction and services.

Tools for personal safety are given to students, by trained counselors and teachers, in a caring and nurturing environment. Age-appropriate curriculum lessons may include a variety of activities such as discussions, videos, and role-playing of safety language through scenario situations. Parents will be notified when lessons are being presented so they can be prepared for follow-up questions and conversations at home.

Adi's Act

In 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed Adi’s Act (Senate Bill 52) into law. The bill requires every school district in Oregon to adopt a comprehensive district plan on suicide prevention for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24 in Oregon. The risk of death by suicide increases in more vulnerable populations, including youth with disabilities, youth experiencing homelessness, youth struggling with mental issues or addiction, LGBTQ youth, and youth bereaved by suicide.

The legislation is named after Adi Staub, a transgender high school student in Portland who died by suicide in 2017.

Comprehensive School Counseling

CANBY SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT Providing high-quality education to all students, regardless of race, ability, or circumstances beyond their control, in order to help students reach their full potential.


  • Each child can reach his or her potential
  • Our diversity is an asset and equity is the core of our mission.
  • We can eliminate barriers to success to close the achievement gap.
  • Partnership with parents help us reach our goals.

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Beliefs

  • Relationship is central to all learning
  • Treating students with mutual respect builds self-worth & competence
  • Providing choices & options empowers students and builds initiative & ownership
  • Helping students learn from choices and natural consequences builds responsibility
  • Helping students focus on lessons instead of mistakes builds confidence
  • Being honest and fair with students facilitates honesty from students
  • Giving all students the supports they need helps them to reach their full potential
  • A comprehensive school counseling program is crucial to student success
  • School counselors are integral members of the school team
  • Students thrive in diverse environments

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Vision Statement The Canby School District Comprehensive Counseling Program is crucial to current and future student success. Building effective relationships that provide personalized, meaningful, and equitable support, which empowers all students with the foundational skills for continued lifelong learning and success as productive contributors to their families and greater communities.

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Mission Statement The Comprehensive School Counseling Program at Canby School District provides a safe and nurturing environment for all students, by proactively and effectively partnering with other educators, parents, and other community stakeholders, to support the development of each and every student toward academic and career success, social/emotional growth, and community involvement. This allows students to make informed decisions for their present as well as their future and engenders a commitment to lifelong learning. It is our mission to prepare all students to responsibly and adeptly build and utilize skills to reach their personal and professional goals and achieve their fullest potential.