Position Statements

ASCA has officially adopted position statements on the following topics. Download a PDF containing the text of all ASCA position statements. (Please note, the listings in the table of contents link to the individual position statements.)

Academic Development

Annual Performance Evaluation

Career Development 

Character Education

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Children Experiencing Homelessness

College Access Professionals

Comprehensive School Counseling Programs


Corporal Punishment

Credentialing and Licensure

Cultural Diversity


Equity for All Students

Gender Equity

Gifted and Talented Student Programs

Group Counseling

High-Stakes Testing


Identification, Prevention and Intervention of Behaviors That Are Harmful and Place Students At Risk

Individual Student Planning for Postsecondary Preparation


Multitiered System of Supports

Peer Support Programs

Promotion of Safe Schools Through Conflict Resolution and Bullying/Harassment Prevention

Retention, Social Promotion and Age-Appropriate Placement

Safe Schools and Crisis Response

School Counseling Preparation Programs

School-Family-Community Partnerships

Social/Emotional Development

Student Mental Health

Student Postsecondary Recruitment

Student Safety and the Use of Technology

Students With Disabilities

Test Preparation Programs

Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming Youth

Trauma-Informed Practice

Use of Non-School-Counseling-Credentialed Personnel

Use of Support Staff in School Counseling Programs

Virtual School Counseling

Working With Students Experiencing Issues Surrounding Undocumented Status