The Role of a School Counselor
The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs. Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement. As a school counselor, I address the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs.
Professional school counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:
*School Guidance Curriculum--structured lessons designed and appropriate for each developmental level (Topics include but not limited to: bullying prevention, friendship skills, social skills, appropriate ways to communicate feelings, ways to promote kindness and compassion to others, stress management, goal setting/study skills/career development, etc.).
*Individual Student Planning--coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans.
*Responsive Services--prevention and intervention activities such as individual/group counseling; consultation with parents, teachers, other educators; referrals to other school support services or community resources; peer helping; etc.
*System Support--maintaining personal and professional development, consultation, collaboration, program management and operations.