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Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Publications

The following publications provide information about and support for implementing the Utah Model for Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs.

A Student–Parent Guide for Education and Career Planning Using UtahFutures
Use the following activities to develop an effective plan using UtahFutures.

Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance
Program User's Guide

The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program User's Guide is not to replace the Utah Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Model, but to supplement elements for program delivery to students. The User's Guide is also designed to assist program leadership, new programs, and the working school counselor in policy and practice of Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Programs in the state of Utah.

History of the Utah Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program
Link to the Utah Model for CCG: K-12 Programs to read about strategies used in implementing a statewide program.

Preparing for Life After High School
A brochure with a target audience of students in grade 8 and parents or guardians, informing them of issues, time-lines, and opportunities for post-high school planning.
Note: This document is currently being updated and will be made available for download upon completion.

Strengthening the Senior Year: Career and College Ready
The consensus is growing in Utah and nationally that students need a higher level of rigor. There are emerging initiatives concerning the skills and abilities needed by all students, whether they are preparing for higher education or the workplace.

Student Career Guide to Career Planning
Know where you are going and get there! Student publication designed to help students explore career options and make better career decisions.

Utah Model for Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs
Revised in 2008 and adapted from the ASCA National Model: a Framework for School Counseling Programs.
Note: You can also order printed copies of Utah Model for Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs. See Utah Model Order Form and follow instructions.

State Evaluation Summary
This evaluation study found evidence that school counseling programs and school counselor practices in Utah high schools contribute significantly to students’ educational outcomes.

Utah Model Executive Summary for School Boards
A quick reference document summarizing the revised Utah Model.

Utah Model Executive Summary for Teachers
A quick reference document summarizing the revised Utah Model.

Department of Workforce Services Publications

Educational Attainment in Utah
How far up the learning ladder are people in Utah? Utah values education, and that fact is clear once you take a look at the data from the American Community Survey (ACS). The state is young and educated, which makes Utah one of the most desirable places to locate a business that relies on a well-educated and trained workforce.

Utah’s Occupational Projections 2006-2016
Instead of just throwing data at your brain, the Department of Workforce Services has developed a system to help those making career decisions determine which jobs show the best employment outlook and the best wages.

Research Publications

The following publications provide documentation of improvements in programs and benefits for students in schools with the nearly statewide Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program. Each study is available as a PDF document for your review or to print with credit given to the authors and sources.

Carey, John & Harrington, Karen (2010)
Utah Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Evaluation Report—
A statewide evaluation of the Utah school counseling program. Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, School of Education, Massachusetts Amherst.

Gardner, J.L., Nelson, D.E., & Fox, D.G. (1999)
Level of Program Implementation and Pupil-Counselor Ratios within the Comprehensive Guidance Program in Utah Public Schools. Salt Lake City, UT, Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity.

Nelson, D.E., Fox, D.G., Haslam, M., & Gardner, J.L. (2007)
An Evaluation of Utah’s Comprehensive Guidance Program—The Fourth Major Study of Utah’s Thirteen-Year Program. Salt Lake City, UT, Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity.

Nelson, D.E., & Gardner, J.L. (1998)
An Evaluation of the Comprehensive Guidance Program in Utah Schools. Salt Lake City, UT, Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity.

Nelson, D.E., & Gardner, J.L. & Fox, D.G. (1998)
Study II: Contrasts Between Students in High Implementation and Low Implementation High Schools in the Utah Comprehensive Guidance Program. Salt Lake City, UT, Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity.

Kimball, J.C., & Gardner, J.L. (1995)
The Student Educational and Occupational Plan and Comprehensive Guidance in Utah Schools. Salt Lake City, UT, Institute for Behavioral Research in Creativity.

Utah State Office of Education (2002)
1989-1999: A Decade of Progress and Change in the Delivery of Comprehensive Guidance Programs, Grades 7 – 12. Salt Lake City, Utah.
UCRN Publications