School Counselors have many roles...
The primary goal is to encourage, support, and foster positive academic, career, social, and personal development in children in the schools.
- Individual counseling
e.g., Resolve conflicts, identity development, specific student concerns (grief and loss, divorce, social conflicts,
- Consultation—working with administrators, teachers, and staff to meet student needs
e.g., Teach staff about various student issues (suicide and loss)
- Student appraisal—coordinating information that goes into confidential student files and interpreting the info to help qualify students for special programs
- Parent help—meet individual and in groups with parents, provide resources and information on child development, specific topics, etc
- Referral—provide referrals to appropriate professionals in the schools and in the outside community
Topics that are addressed:
FEELINGS, SELF ESTEEM, FRIENDSHIP, BEHAVIOR, DEATH/LOSS, SAFETY, TATTLING, BULLYING, LISTENING, TRANSITIONS, HONESTY & DIVORCE