Department of Defense Education Activity

Devers ES: Counseling Services

Guidance and Counseling

We provide a comprehensive guidance program to all students to help build the foundation for life-long learning by assisting students in developing self-respect, awareness of others and positive learning attitudes. School counselors provide direct and indirect services and activities to students, families, and school staff for developing strategies that deal with education, personal and social challenges that may interfere with the educational process. The foundation for our Guidance and Counseling Program is a Competency-Based Counseling Program (CBCP), which emphasizes decision-making skill development and exploration of future educational and occupational possibilities. The program also stresses self-concept development and the acquisition of social skills needed for interpersonal relationships.  

Our program aims to support students within the DODEA educational system in pursuing their goals of becoming knowledgeable, competent, satisfied, well-behaved, and contributing members of the military community and society in general.  We believe that increased student mental health supports increased student achievement*, and that mental health & academic processes share features & goals (e.g., rational problem solving, planfulness & focus).Our program adheres to the National Model of the American Society of School Counselors (ASCA), Department of Defense Educational Activity (DODEA) academic and social standards, and DoDEA Community Strategic Plan (CSP) mandates.  Qualities of this model include the following: 

  • Comprehensive:  Available to all students in the school
  • Preventive in design:  Work on large scale, via curriculum, to help students avoid negative outcomes
  • Developmental in nature:  Meet the needs of students at different chronological and maturity ages
  • Data-driven Interventions:  Uses data to determine appropriateness and effectiveness of services
  • Educational Program Supportive:  Goals and topics matched with school needs and standards
  • Delivery System Development:Planning for Curriculum, Responsive, Individual Planning, and System services


We try to do this in several ways: 

  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Group Counseling 
  • Classroom Guidance Instruction
  • Parent Conferences
  • Testing Coordination
  • Special Education Coordination
  • Student Referral Services – (Includes Special Education, Gifted and Talented, Speech, and ESL)

The counseling department also coordinates activities such as:

  • Flag Team
  • Awards Assemblies
  • Parent to Parent meetings
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Terrific Kids
  • Operation Hero
  • Bully Prevention
  • Military Child/Family Appreciation
  • Military Family Life Services
  • Middle School Orientation

Deployment Groups

Students with deployed parents or family members are able to participate in small group and individual counseling. This extra time with the counselor gives the students and opportunity to talk about and work through feelings related to the stress of deployment. This page is dedicated to those children and their parents. This is our effort to bridge the gap and offer our valued family members a piece of home.

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