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    The school counseling program is designed to promote academic, social/emotional, and career development. As an integral part of the K-12 school system, school counselors build a foundation for learning based on:
    • Positive attitudes toward school and learning
    • Personal responsibility
    • Respect for self and others
    • Knowledge and skills for employment
    Research indicates that a comprehensive school counseling program:
    • Improves academic achievement
    • Enhances educational and career planning and school-to-work transition
    • Fosters positive attitudes toward school, learning, and work
    • Increases acquisition and application of conflict resolution skills
    • Decreases dropouts
    Statement developed by the Virginia Counselor Association (VCA), Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES), and the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA), 1995.