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Frequently Asked Questions about the School Counselor

  • What does the school counselor do?

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    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. School counselors' ensure that today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Counselors are the liaisons for parents and community members and wear multiple hats. School counselors have at least a Master's Degree and are trained to suppor the entire child. Click here to learn more about the role the professional school counselor

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  • How do I get in touch with my child's school counselor?

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    You may get in touch with your child's school counselor by setting up an appointment via telephone, requesting a meeting via email, or contacting the school counseling office. Students may reach the counselor via setting an appointment (i.e. counselor slips, note, etc.), scheduleing a meeting, or by teacher or administrative request.

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  • Why elementary school counselors?

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    Elementary School counselors are crucial in the early development of students. Character education, college and career readiness, crisis intervention, individual sessions, small group instruction, and classroom guidance are just a few areas where school counselors make an impact on student achievement. Click here to learn more about the role of elementary school counselors.

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  • Why middle school counselors?

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    Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school's mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. Click here to lean more about the importance of middle school counselors.

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  • Why high school counselors?

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    High school is the final transition into adulthood, postsecondary education and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. High school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment. High school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development. Click here to learn more about the importance of the high school counselor.

     

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  • What are appropriate and inappropriate roles for school counselors?

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    School counselors should spend 80% of their time in direct service to and contact with students. School counselors' duties are focused on the overall delivery of the total program through guidance curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. A small amount of their time is devoted to indirect services called system support. Schools should eliminate or reassign certain inappropriate program tasks so school counselors can focus on the prevention needs of their programs. View the chart below of appropriate and inappropriate school counseling tasks.

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School Counseling/Non School Counseling Duties Chart