School counselors help students form healthy goals, mindsets and behaviors. With the aid of a school counselor, students learn to develop effective collaboration and cooperation skills, to practice perseverance, to develop time management and study skills, and to learn self-motivation and self-direction habits. 

The ASCA School Counselor Competencies equipped school counselors to meet the rigorous demands of the profession and the needs of K-12 students. Both new and experienced school counselors who abide by the competencies are capable of establishing, maintaining, and enhancing comprehensive school counseling programs that address academic achievement, career planning, and personal/social development.