Meet Trigg Even
"You can't sit in your office and wait for students to come to you."
What is new in the school counseling field?
“A big topic right now is Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Programs. It’s a paradigm shift in the school counseling field. The old, stereotypical counselor who waits in their office for a child to be in crisis is long gone. This new model, which is endorsed by the American School Counselor Association and the Texas Education Agency, is a model that has school counselors out in the school and in the classroom – all for the betterment of the students.”
Why should school counselors be educational leaders?
“The environment is to meet all students’ needs. Positioning a counselor as educational leader allows them to capitalize on their unique knowledge base and skill level – we try to set students up to be ready to handle a large-scale crisis on a school campus.”
What is a solution-focused method?
“It’s a counseling model that has shown a lot of effectiveness in the school setting, from student misbehavior to dealing with a student whose grades are dropping. In my classroom, I try to connect theory to real-world situations, so that when they leave, they have been exposed to scenarios outside of the classroom.”