What is a School Counselor?
- A Virginia state certified, specially trained professional
- An educator who advocates for all students
- A coordinator
- A consultant
- A group leader
- A mediator
- A professional who helps teachers, parents and other adults to help students succeed
- A professional who helps children understand themselves and others
What does a School Counselor do?
- Develops a program based on the school needs
- Counsels with students individually and or in groups
- Provides systemic and developmental classroom guidance to all students
- Responds to student needs in crisis situations
- Orients students as they transition to school
- Works with student’s absentees
- Participates actively in the referral process of students to special programs and or services
- Analyzes test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interest and needs
- Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
- Conducts conferences with parents
- Coordinates staff support
Who does a School Counselor work with?
Students and Parents
Teachers and Administrators
How is a student referral made to the school counselor?
Teacher, Parent, Administrator or
Why do Parents contact a school Counselor?
- Academic Achievement
- Test interpretations
- Special needs of students
- Student crisis situations
- Family Transitions
- Career Planning
My counselor will always listen to me when I…
….feel worried, afraid or mixed up.
…feel happy, proud or want to share something special.
…feel lonely, sad or angry.
…want to talk about what I want to be when I grow up.
…need a friend.
How do I get to see the school counselor?
- I can ask the counselor to meet with me.
- My parent/guardian can ask the counselor to talk with me.
- My teacher or principal can ask that I meet with the counselor.
- The counselor can invite me for a visit to the counselor’s office.
Why does my school have a school counselor?
The counselor is here to help students so that they can be confident and do their best in school.
The counselor wants all students to be able to learn and continue the desire to learn.
How will the school counselor work with me?
- In small groups
- In the classroom
School Counselors Work with Conditions that interfere with a students’ social, emotional and learning process:
- Academic Concerns
- Eating Disorders
- Family Crisis
- School Pressures
- Loss and Grief
- Peer Problems
- Substance Abuse
- Test Anxiety
School Counselors keep things confidential unless there is a concern of safety of themselves or someone else.