Counselors with Students
What does a school counselor do?

In high school, a school counselor:

Ø Assists with academic planning.

Ø Counsels children individually and/or in groups.

Ø Teaches guidance lessons in classrooms.

Ø Processes interventions and referrals for students.

Ø Consults with parents and teachers.

Ø Conducts parent workshops and training.

Ø Refers and links students with school and community resources (school wide and/or outside agencies).

Ø Adheres to ethical and legal standards in the performance of all of the above mentioned duties.

How can a student contact the school counselor?

Ø Student self-referral

Ø Teacher, staff, parent or administrative referral

Ø Counselor identification or referral

Ø Peer identification or referral

What happens in individual and/or group counseling?

In individual and/or group counseling children:

Ø Learn how to cope with difficult and/or unchangeable events.

Ø Build self-esteem and confidence.

Ø Receive the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns.

Ø Develop problem-solving ability and decision making skills.

Ø Receives academic guidance.

Overall, the goal is to empower students with the skills to be successful inside and outside of school.


What topics are taught during classroom guidance lessons?

Ø Student orientation                (meeting the counselor)

Ø Student handbook                (school rules)

Ø Anti-victimization

Ø Anti-harassment/No bullying

Ø Career/Postsecondary Education

Ø Suicide Prevention

Ø Dual Credit

Ø Wellness

Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any concerns about your child including and not limited to the following:

1.      Classroom performance or behavior

2.      Sudden change in your child’s behavior. (depressed, sad, angry…)

3.      Family changes (moving, death, divorce or separation)

4.      Interpreting test results