Although school counselors do not provide “therapy”, individual counseling can help promote students’ personal/social development. Issues are wide ranging and can include school attitudes and behaviors, peer relationships, family relationships, middle school pressure, academic success, etc.
Students may be referred to the counselor by teachers, parents, administrators, or self. For a student to see the school counselor on an on-going basis parental permission is required.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling is offered to students who share a common concern. In this setting, students can provide support for each other while learning new coping skills and strategies. Group topics can include friendship building, study skills, changing families, and social skills development. Groups may meet weekly or biweekly.
Throughout the year, the school counselors meet with all students in the classroom to present lessons that are aligned with national and state standards. Results from needs assessments conducted with students, teachers, and parents are helpful with topic selection.
Consultation with parents, teachers, and administrators enable school counselors to work more effectively with students. Counselors welcome the opportunity to meet with parents throughout the school year.
Coordination involves organizing, supervising, and managing program activities. These activities include:
Counselors are involved in providing referrals for students to appropriate professionals in the schools and in the community.
Counselors are available to provide classroom observations on behaviors and provide feedback to teachers and parents. When appropriate, counselors can assist in the development and supervision of student behavior plans.
Respecting the privacy of students and their families is a primary responsibility of school counselors. However, there are circumstances when confidentiality must be broken such as abuse and threatening to harm self and others.