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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
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. 8. 


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 >
  • Student Development Presentations provide affordable and locally accessed student presentations that are motivating, engaging and inspiring led by experienced speakers trained in youth counseling. 

    Presentations provide:

    • Research-based presentations on topics like bullying prevention, making healthy choices, positive peer interaction, crisis prevention, conflict-resolution, digital citizenshi
    • Use of inspirational and interactive activities to create a motivational atmosphere that leaves a positive impact on student audiences
    • Age and grade-level appropriate terms and up-to-date references that help students identify with the message
    • Socially appropriate instruction
    • Affordable, high-quality local alternative for public speaking engagements for students  
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    Drug Demand Reduction Civil Operations Office and Education Service Center Region 12 are proud to sponsor National Red Ribbon Week in our community schools October 23-31, 2020.
    Our goal is to assist you in helping all students grade K through 12 to be aware of the dangers of drugs and the benefits of living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Through a community partnership, we will continue to provide red wristbands for area schools that wish to take advantage of this effective way of reminding kids to ‘Band Together Against Drugs.’


    For more information and to reserve your wristbands, visit

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.


FAFSA May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
Surviving the FAFSA Workshop Agenda
September 18, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:00 – 9:30    Welcome (Jeni)
·   Schedule
·   Get to Know you activity
·   Introduce presenters
9:30 – 10:15 Financial Aid Importance and Overview (LaTishia)
·   Local FAFSA Data & Statistics
·   FAFSA “melt”
·   Timeline
·   Pell Grant eligibility vs. payment
10:15 – 10:30   Break
10:30 – 12:00    FAFSA Details (Rolando)
·   FSA ID
·   FAFSA Step-by-step
·   Q & A
12:00 – 12:45    Lunch
   ·   Resources: MAC Program, CAP
12:45 – 1:15    Supporting Undocumented Students (Maria)
·   TASFA Step-by-step (point out differences)
·   TASFA Checklist
·   Q & A
·   Resources  
1:15 - 2:00    Verification (Maria)
·   Sample Award Letter
2:00 – 2:15   Break
2:15 – 4:00   FAFSA Demo (Computer Labs) (All)
·   Brief Scenarios Discussion
·   Guided practice


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