Garza ECHS School Counselor
    Angelica Gonzalez
    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