What does a School Counselor Do?

  • 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.

    1. Individual counseling
      e.g., Resolve conflicts, identity development, specific student concerns (grief and loss, divorce, social conflicts,  
    2. Consultation—working with administrators, teachers, and staff to meet student needs
      e.g., Teach staff about various student issues (suicide and loss)
    3. Student appraisal—coordinating information that goes into confidential student files and interpreting the info to help qualify students for special programs
    4. Parent help—meet individual and in groups with parents, provide resources and information on child development, specific topics, etc
    5. 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
     
    TEAM WORK
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