School counselors are strategically positioned to help students in developing strategies to deal with educational, personal, and social challenges that may interfere with the educational process. To respond to the challenges of the DoDEA Strategic Plan, DoDEA is implementing a Competency-Based Counseling Program (CBCP) under the authority of DS 2946.1 in all schools. To meet the needs of all students today and tomorrow, the CBCP provides a balance of direct and indirect services and activities.
Counseling services provide students, individually and in small groups, with short-term sessions assisting the students in emotional, social and academic concerns. Moreover, whenever applicable, parents are assisted in understanding the emotional and social needs of their child.
Guidance sessions provide students with lessons in decision-making, study skills, values, communication skills, self-concept, and responsibility. Sessions also address feelings and acceptable ways of expressing them toward other individuals. GES has a school-wide conflict resolution program and zero tolerance for bullying. Consultation services involve meeting with teachers, parents, administrators, and community members regarding the student's emotional, social and academic needs. Guidance Counselors also manage 504 plans.