Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1162 By Senator Detert 28-00455B-16 20161162__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to certified school counselors; 3 creating s. 1012.48, F.S.; requiring each elementary 4 school, middle school, and high school to have a 5 minimum number of full-time certified school 6 counselors; requiring a school counselor to have a 7 specified certification; requiring a certified school 8 counselor to provide a specified program and spend a 9 specified amount of time on the delivery of services 10 to students; defining the term “delivery of services”; 11 requiring certified school counselors to abide by the 12 American School Counselor Association’s Ethical 13 Standards for School Counselors; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 1012.48, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 1012.48 Certified school counselors.— 21 (1) Each elementary school, middle school, and high school 22 in this state must have at least one full-time certified school 23 counselor. 24 (2) A certified school counselor must, at a minimum, have 25 the certification required in s. 1012.55(1)(b). 26 (3) A certified school counselor must provide a student 27 centered, data-informed, and outcome-oriented program that is 28 integrated into curricula and that prepares students in 29 prekindergarten through grade 12 for postsecondary education and 30 training or a career. The program must be designed using the 31 Department of Education’s Florida’s School Counseling Framework. 32 (4) A certified school counselor must spend a minimum of 80 33 percent of his or her contracted work time on the delivery of 34 services. As used in this section, the term “delivery of 35 services” means working directly with students, faculty, 36 administrators, parents, school staff, and the community to 37 achieve an integrated approach to the student’s educational 38 success and an effective transition to postsecondary education 39 and training or a career. These counseling services may include 40 the services recommended by the American School Counselor 41 Association and the following comprehensive counseling services: 42 (a) Academic and social counseling. 43 (b) Core curricula programming with structured lessons 44 designed to meet the student standards and competencies in 45 Florida’s School Counseling Framework. 46 (c) Career and educational counseling, including, but not 47 limited to, helping students make informed academic and career 48 choices using multiple student data sources and education and 49 career placement services. 50 (d) Individual and group counseling. 51 (e) Crisis intervention and preventive counseling. 52 (f) Referrals to community agencies. 53 (g) Educational consultations and collaborations with 54 teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders. 55 (h) Followup counseling services. 56 (i) Conflict resolution and peer mediation. 57 (5) Certified school counselors must abide by the American 58 School Counselor Association’s Ethical Standards for School 59 Counselors. 60 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.