A good way for school counselors to access counseling lesson plans is to search the Career Guidance Washington website, notes the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction at k12.wa.us. Counselors who work in other states should check their state's website for counseling lesson plans, such as dese.mo.gov.
To find counseling lesson plans at the Career Guidance Washington website, go to k12.wa.gov and click on Guidance and Counseling and Career Guidance Washington. One type of lesson plan available is designed to assist students with planning for their future. These lesson plans are available for middle school and high school.
The career counseling lessons are designed around several themes: work and career elements, career and college options, high school and beyond, planning for the future and financial literacy. An example plan is lesson 10: Cost of College. This focuses on financial literacy using the hands-on application of information to teach the student how to develop a budget for the first year of college.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also has counseling lesson plans available. The plans are designed around three main themes: Personal and Social Development, Academic Development, and Career Development. They are available for kindergarten through 12th grade.