What does the school counselor do?
Counseling is a helping process in which the school counselor provides a safe, nurturing environment to foster a trusting relationship with students. In this confidential relationship, students can explore their feelings and experiences in hopes of finding a meaningful, positive solution to their personal issues. The school counselor can help students grow socially and emotionally by providing a listening ear and by teaching skills such as: understanding and managing feelings, solving problems, making friends, and more.
How do I work with students?
- Classroom Counseling (now known as Core Curriculum)- The counselor goes into the classrooms to teach knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help students reach their full potential in the areas of academic, career and social-emotional development.
- Individual Mini-Meetings- The counselor consults with each student for a brief meeting, not to exceed 5 minutes, to gain insight into their academic, career, and social-emotional needs.
- Small-Group Counseling- The counselor works with students in smaller group settings to address specific areas of concern. Group availability is selected by the counselor based on the amount of need. If a group is unavailable, the counselor can work with a student individually. These sessions are not therapeutic in nature. Counseling resources may be given if more therapeutic sessions are needed.
- Brief Individual Counseling- The counselor meets with individual students (up to six sessions) to help solve problems that are interfering with their learning and sense of well-being. These sessions are not therapeutic in nature. Counseling resources may be given if more therapeutic sessions are needed. Please click here for the Brief Individual Counseling Permission Form.
- Parent and Teacher Consultation- The counselor meets with parents and/or teachers regarding issues with students.
- Responsive Services- Includes crisis intervention, consultation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.
A School Counselor does….
A School Counselor does NOT….
· Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect
· Work with only Special Education students or “problem students”
· Deliver classroom lessons that align to ASCA standards
· Assign grades after lessons or teach academic subjects
· Facilitate small groups
· Facilitate therapy groups
· Meet individually with students to do brief, solution-based counseling
· Meet individually with students to do long-term counseling/therapy
· Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices
· Handle the discipline or assign consequences
· Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration
· Collaborate with only one person; the team approach including the School Counselor works best
· Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or a safety concern
· Share information about students and their families to appease the curiosity of others
· Provide education and information about students’ social-emotional needs
· Tell teachers how to teach in their classrooms or tell parents how to parent at homeConfidentialityAs your School Counselor, I develop confidential relationships with students. This means that information gathered through meetings with students and parents/guardians will be shared on a "need to know" basis only. I work to maintain the privacy of students and their families. When information needs to be shared, I will assess who needs to know and what information needs to be known to best help students and their families. I tell students, "What you say in here, stays in here. Except if...someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, or you want to hurt yourself."