• Role of the School Counselor

     

    Leader

    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, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

    • Is responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of a comprehensive school counseling program for all students
    • Encourages all stakeholders to understand and respond to the developmental needs of all children
    • Promotes student success by participating in efforts to close existing achievement gaps
    • Supports the school as a safe and nurturing environment
    • Uses data to promote and evaluate the school counseling program

     

    Advocate

    School counselors can advocate to ensure access to and success in a rigorous academic curriculum for every student.  School counselors can impact attitudes, policies or practices to reduce or eliminate barriers so that students can be successful in schools and careers.

    • Promotes and designs a proactive approach that strives to meet the needs of all students
    • Responds to students’ needs in a prompt and professional manner that addresses students’ needs while in crisis and day-to-day
    • Identifies the need for internal and external mental health referrals for students when appropriate
    • Conducts individual, small group and large group lessons and activities to assist students in removing barriers to their success

     

    Collaborator

    School counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.

    • Works with all stakeholders to encourage success in students
    • Works with administration to create opportunities for learning for all constituents
    • Communicates/networks with other school professionals
    • Provides parent education
    • Coordinates academic planning with teachers, students and parents
    • Works with colleges to develop college/career awareness programs
    • Conferences one-on-one with parents
    • Provides academic support and feedback, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
    • Works with the community to acquire classroom speakers, shadow experiences and learning opportunities
    • Identifies at-risk students and implements interventions to enhance success through student services and SAP programming
    • Works with other educators to provide a safe and nurturing school climate
    • Educates students socially/emotionally through school-wide behavioral and anti-bullying programs

     

    Agent of Systemic Change

    Part of the school counselor’s role as collaborator, leader and advocate is identifying systemic barriers to student success.  School counselors are in unique positions that have access to a variety of data thus allowing them to implement support interventions needed to ensure that all students graduate ready for success in both college and careers.

    • Identifies systemic barriers through the use of data
    • Attempts to remove obstacles to student success
    • Utilizes support systems and departments in place to create nurturing and successful environment for all students
    • Creates clear guidelines for students to be successful
    • Increases awareness about school safety issues
    • Models inclusive language
    • Designs comprehensive program that equally delivers program components to all students
    • Creates environment where students are comfortable in coming forth with problems and societal issues