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Professional School Counselors

Region 7 ESC offers assistance, information updates, and support for initiatives in public education that enhance student development and academic achievement for Professional School Counselors.
Register for Professional School Counselor Workshops
Professional growth opportunities are provided through the Professional School Counselor contract. Opportunities include:
  • Provide four networking meetings/trainings.
  • Provide TEA Texas Model for Comprehensive Counseling Program Training.
  • Provide Lead Counselor and/or Director of Counseling training that supports best practices for school counselors.
  • Offer mental health training by a prominent speaker.
  • Provide training for creating a culture of promoting college, career, and military readiness.
  • Offer free participation in the Counselor Academy.
  • Provide training and support for new counselors.
  • Offer online training opportunities.
  • Provide updates through a Counselors' listserv.
  • Provide quarterly Counselors' Newsletter.
  • Provide free participation in the Resilience Symposium.
  • Provide ESC Career Day for students.
  • Provide support with improving student outcomes and achieving accountability targets.
  • Provide support during a crisis or emergency.
  • NEW! Provide support through monthly virtual PLC webinars. 
Mental Health Training Requirement SB 674 requires that any minimum academic qualifications for a certificate
that require a person to possess a bachelor’s degree must also require instruction in mental health, substance
abuse, and youth suicide. 
Comprehensive List of Programs
HB 2186 mandates staff development training to include suicide prevention. 
Training must be provided:
  • On an annual basis, as part of a new employee orientation, to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educations; and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the agency by rule.
  • The suicide prevention training must use a best practice-based program recommended by the Department of State Health Services in coordination with the Texas Education Agency.
  • The suicide prevention training may be satisfied through independent review of suicide prevent training material that complies with the guidelines developed by the agency and is offered online.
HB 2186

TEA Suicide Prevention

DSHS Suicide Prevention

Texas Suicide Prevention

Texas Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Grant Halliburton Foundation
The signing of House Bill (HB) 2398 into law has made national headlines.  From the New York Times to USA Today, the significant changes in Texas’ truancy requirements have been a hot topic.  In Texas it is more than a hot topic – it is reality.  The Texas Education Agency will adopt new rules to make sure school districts are in compliance with the new law that took effect on September 1, 2015.  School districts in our region are taking proactive steps in aligning their attendance policies to reflect the new requirements.

Contact Us

Dana Harper, M.Ed.
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(903) 988-6785