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What Do School Counselors Do?

The Role of the School Counselor


Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. 


 School counselors are an important part of the educational leadership team and provide valuable assistance to students regardless of whether they work in an elementary school or middle school, high school or beyond. (ASCA)

 

 

 

School Counselor Services

 

Direct Student Services

           School Counseling Core Curriculum

             * Instruction – direct instruction, team teaching, developing learning activities

              * Group activities – planned activities outside the classroom promoting academic, career or social/emotional

                development

 

          Individual Student Planning

           * Appraisal – assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills, and achievement

             * Advisement – assist students in goal setting based on academic, career, and social/emotional data

 

          Responsive Services

             * Counseling – in individual or smallgroup settings school counselors provide planned, short-term and goal-focused

                counseling.  School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools; however, school

               counselors are preprared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and

                family seeking resources.

             * Crisis response – provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and

                emergency situations.

 

Indirect Student Services

           * Consultation – share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators

                 and community organzation.

             * Collabartion- work with other educators, parents and the community to support student achievement

             * Referrals – support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and

                information.