Counselors Role

Counselor's Role

What is a School Counselor?
-a certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success.

School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

• School Guidance Curriculum- designing, structuring, and delivering classroom lessons designed to achieve specific competencies in all grades K-6 (personal/social, academic, career) and driven by the needs of the school population

• Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)

• Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral)

• System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families

What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?

*Individual Counseling A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.

*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling A process that requires the School Counselor to develop and implement K-6 classroom curriculum. This K-6 curriculumaddresses personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.