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The Counselor's Role

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SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE SPECIALISTS

  • School counselors are child advocates who work cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, and community.

  • School counselors are educational specialists who have master’s degrees in the behavioral sciences.

  • School counselors assist students with their social, emotional, and educational development.

  • School counselors are human resource specialists who assist students, parents, and educational staff through counseling. consultation, and coordination.

 

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

  • To facilitate referrals and evaluations.

  • To provide consultation concerning student’s needs

  • To facilitate parent conferences.

  • To develop an educational plan to meet the personal, social, educational, and career needs of students.

  • To work collaboratively with school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, the career educational coordinator, and the student support teams.

 

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH PARENTS

  • To encourage and support student achievement.

  • To assist in the interpretation of assessment data.

  • To provide family support.

  • To design an appropriate educational and career plan for the student.

 

THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR WORKS WITH STUDENTS

  • To provide the needed support to develop positive self-concepts and the motivation necessary for learning.

  • To develop all educational and career plan for each student which targets high school completion and the exploration of post-secondary opportunities.

  • To provide individual and group planning and counseling.

 

GOALS OF SCHOOL COUNSELING

  • To assist students with educational, personal, career, and goal planning.

  • To develop personalized programs based on each student’s strengths and needs.

  • To help students understand themselves and others.

  • To assist students in identifying and dealing with problems.

  • To facilitate the identification of students with special needs.

  • To provide crisis intervention when necessary.

  • To coordinate referrals to school and community support services.

  • To serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers and administrators.

 

Some Reasons To Contact The School Counselor

  • Academic concerns.

  • Divorce, separation, and family changes.

  • Educational and career planning.

  • Experiencing loss, death, and grief.

  • Peer relationship issues.

  • Problem solving skills.

  • School adjustment issues.

  • Stress reduction and coping skills.

  • Study skills.

 

How Does A Student Meet With A School Counselor

  • Appointment made by the counselor.
  • Appointment made by the student.
  • Parent referral.
  • Teacher referral.