School Counseling Cooperative

The Center for Student Support Services places elementary school counselors at seven rural schools in Lincoln and Whitman counties.

The counselors, funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant, work in partnership with other school stakeholders -- including teachers, administrators, and families -- in developing comprehensive services and early warning systems to identify struggling students.

Students receive academic, social/emotional and college/career system supports. Counselors utilize individual meetings, small groups and classrooms to address specific issues.The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model provides the framework for project services.

Under this model, school counseling is seen as a collaborative effort for benefiting not just individual students, but entire schools, families and communities.

Program goals:

  • Increase the number of school counselors.
  • Increase the academic progress of students served by a minimum of one grade each academic year.
  • Decrease discipline referrals and suspensions 10% annually.
  • Increase student awareness and recognition of intangible skills (e.g. determination, grit, tenacity) 10% over baseline.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

Students Mastering Important Lifeskills Education (SMILE):

American School Counselor Association (ASCA):

Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA):



Mona Griffin
(509) 789-3585