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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of a school counselor?

  • To help students develop self awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • To help students recognize and make the best use of their capabilities
  • To help students feel worthwhile
  • To give students an opportunity to talk about their educational, personal and social concerns
  • To help students better adjust to their school and home environments
  • To help students develop an awareness of the world of work
  • To help students in the decision making process

With whom does a school counselor consult?

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social workers
  • Public Personnel Representatives
  • Community Resource Personnel
  • Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals

What does counselor do?

  • Talks with students individually and in groups
  • Gains understanding of students through observation in the classroom
  • Works with potentially “at-risk” students
  • Helps students relate to others
  • Promotes positive attitudes and values among students
  • Actively listens to concerns of parents, teachers, and peers in helping students
  • Responds to identified concerns
  • Provides follow-up, prevention, remediation and crisis intervention services
  • Helps people to make better use of community resources
  • Uses test data to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
  • Assists students in coping with psycho-social developmental issues
  • Coordinates efforts with school specialist
  • Coordinates referrals to outside agencies
  • Facilitates parent discussion groups
  • Participates in curriculum development
  • Maintains student confidences

Who is the school counselor?

  • A Master’s level certified, specially trained professional
  • A caring person who helps ALL students
  • A coordinator of information
  • A consultant
  • A group leader

Where can counseling take place?

  • In the counselor’s office
  • In the classroom
  • In a small group room
  • In the hallway
  • On the school grounds
  • In the lunchroom

How does the student access the counselor?

  • Appointment made by the counselor
  • Self-referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Teacher or other staff referral
  • Referral by a friend
  • Walk-in
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Published by Evelyn Keene on November 14, 2017
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