Counseling Services
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Counseling Services

Counseling Services offers expert assistance, information updates, including legislative and legal mandates, and support for initiatives in public education that enhance student development and academic achievement.

Services include:


  • Behavior Threat Assessment Training
  • Guidance and support for ethical and legal accountability for school counselors
  • Updates regarding legal mandates for school counselors
  • ESC Region 12 monthly Counselor Connection newsletter
  • Crisis Response Team and Crisis Prevention and Intervention
  • Annual ESC Region 12 Counselor Appreciation Luncheon
  • Student presentation
  • Staffing and Master Scheduling
2022 Region 12 Counselor of the Year
Counselor of the Year
Each year, ESC Region 12 selects an Elementary and Secondary counselor of the Year. These awards are based on each counselors impact on his or her students. Nominees and winners will be celebrated at the Counselor Appreciation Luncheon on Feb. 11. 


SCHOLAR is an organized collection of resources and information, separated into 4 categories relative to typical duties of school counselors.


Visit the SCHOLAR site > 

  • The Counselor Co-Operative offers the latest professional development, expert assistance, information updates, legislative mandates, and networking with professional counselors in an effort to enhance school campus achievement and performance.


    Benefits include: 

    • Guidance and support for ethical and legal accountability
    • Updates regarding legal mandates
    • ApplyTexas re-authorization
    • ESC Region 12 monthly Counselor Connection newsletter
    • Crisis Response Team and Crisis Prevention and Intervention
    • Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) and Continuing Professional Development (CPE) credits 
    • Crisis response services through the ESC Region 12 Crisis Response Team (CRT) and Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) 
    • Counselor trainings and workshops provided at no additional cost
    • Discount for student presentations/assemblies
    • Additional resources and tools to support statewide initiatives relevant to school counseling as needed

    Training opportunities >

  • Non-violent crisis intervention training is a positive and proactive approach to addressing disruptive behavior. This program is concerned with providing the best possible care, welfare, safety and security of students through early behavioral intervention. The training provided will empower educators with skills to deescalate and intervene with behavior that may pose a risk of harm to others, while working toward the goal of prevention of out-of-control behavior.
    Training opportunities >
  • Our Student Development Presentations provide affordable and locally accessible grade-level appropriate presentations that are motivating, engaging and inspiring, led by experienced speakers trained in youth counseling.

    Presentations provide:

    • Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention
    • Making Healthy Choices
    • Suicide Prevention - AS+K?
    • Positive Peer Interaction
    • Trauma Sensitive Schools
    • Crisis Prevention
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Establishing Healthy Relationships
    • Social and Emotional Learning

In accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 831, which was passed during the 83rd Legislature, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and regional education service centers, shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle and high schools within the general education setting. 


Senate Bill 831 - 83(r) >


To meet these requirements, DSHS and TEA have worked together to release the below recommendations. 

  • Effective September 1, 2015, TEC 21.044(c-1) requires a person seeking a certificate that includes a bachelor’s degree as part of the minimum academic qualifications to receive instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide as part of the training required to obtain that certificate. The mental health instruction must include effective strategies for teaching and intervening with students with mental or emotional disorders, including de-escalation techniques and positive behavioral interventions and supports. The resources listed below have been recommended by a panel of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of mental or emotional disorders to meet this requirement.