Current through Register Vol. 33, No. 7, April 5, 2022

A. Beginning July 1, 2008, each school district shall implement a system of counselor performance evaluation which meets the requirements of this rule.
B. Each evaluation/supervision system shall include the following competencies as part of the evaluation criteria.
(1) The counselor will develop and implement a school level guidance program focused on the physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and vocational growth of each student by:
(a) determining guidance priorities based on local assessed needs;
(b) formulating measurable objectives from identified needs and priorities;
(c) formulating specific tasks relating to achieving the objectives;
(d) coordinating a continuing evaluation of the program;
(e) coordinating with the appropriate administration to achieve subparagraphs a-d of this paragraph.
(2) The counselor will coordinate activities in the guidance and counseling program by:
(a) working with other staff members to encourage the inclusion of a student-oriented philosophy in all school activities;
(b) helping to integrate the guidance and counseling program within the total school program;
(c) communicating with parents and community about services available within the guidance and counseling program;
(d) learning about available school and community resources;
(e) establishing and maintaining contact with school and community resources;
(f) working with the administration to utilize community resources related to the guidance program.
(3) The counselor will provide information and facilitate guidance activities for students, staff and parents by:
(a) assisting others in their understanding of personal and social development;
(b) serving as a resource to facilitate groups and presentations on pertinent issues;
(c) providing prevention strategies which address current issues such as chemical dependency, teenage pregnancy, suicide, dropping out, and various forms of abuse;
(d) conducting activities on educational career themes;
(e) conducting orientation/training programs for students, parents, and staff;
(f) interpreting test results to students, parents, and staff.
(4) The counselor will serve as a consultant to the school and community by:
(a) providing mediation for change in behavior and conflict resolution;
(b) serving as a liaison for issues pertinent to the learning environment of the school;
(c) supporting the staff with assistance in developing positive rapport with students to maximize learning potential;
(d) assisting teachers in identifying students who would benefit from counseling and providing feedback on referred students as appropriate;
(e) providing information to parents and students to aid in their understanding of educational goals;
(f) providing resource materials and expertise dealing with issues affecting students, staff, and family;
(g) providing information about appropriate community resources or organizations which provide services to students and their families.
(5) The counselor will provide individual and group counseling by:
(a) providing crisis intervention;
(b) using appropriate interventions in situations detrimental to the physical, mental, educational, and emotional well-being of the individual;
(c) providing support to individuals by addressing topics such as interpersonal relations, communication, decision-making, problem solving skills, academic programs, and career and life planning;
(d) making referrals to school and community resources when necessary.
(6) The counselor will uphold the standards of the counseling profession by:
(a) meeting the state competency standard and the requirements for preparation;
(b) participating in the development of policies concerning guidance and counseling;
(c) keeping informed about developments and innovations within the profession at the local, state, and national levels;
(d) following the legal and ethical standards of the counseling profession;
(e) realizing personal and professional limitations.
C. The counselor performance evaluation plan will include the five activities described in Subsection F of NMAC, with appropriate adjustments.


N.M. Code R. § NMAC -Rp. NMAC, 07-01-08

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