What does a school counselor do?
In high school, a school counselor:
- Assists with academic planning.
- Counsels children individually and/or in groups.
- Teaches guidance lessons in classrooms.
Processes interventions and referrals for students.
- Consults with parents and teachers.
- Conducts parent workshops and training.
- Refers and links students with school and community resources (school-wide and/or outside agencies).
- Adheres to ethical and legal standards in the performance of all of the above mentioned duties.
How can a student contact the school counselor?
- Student self-referral
- Teacher, staff, parent or administrative referral
- Counselor identification or referral
- Peer identification or referral
What happens in individual and/or group counseling?
In individual and/or group counseling children:
- Learn how to cope with difficult and/or unchangeable events.
- Build self-esteem and confidence.
- Receive the opportunity to share their feelings and concerns.
- Develop problem-solving ability and decision making skills.
- 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?
- Student orientation (meeting the counselor)
- Student handbook (school rules)
- Anti-harassment/No bullying
- Career/Postsecondary Education
- Suicide Prevention
- Dual Credit
Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any concerns about your child including and not limited to the following:
- Classroom performance or behavior
- Sudden change in your child’s behavior (depressed, sad, angry)
- Family changes (moving, death, divorce or separation)
- Interpreting test results