What is the Role of the School Counselor?

School Guidance Curriculum
Academic skills support
Organizational, study and test-taking skills
Education in understanding self and others
Coping strategies
Peer relationships and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Substance abuse education
Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning
Goal-setting/decision- making
Academic planning
Career planning
Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Transition planning

Responsive Services
Individual and small group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Peer facilitation
Consultation/collaboration
Referrals

System Support
Professional development
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation 

Middle School Counselors Collaborate With:

Parents
Parent information night
Communication/networking
Academic planning programs
Parent and family education
One-on-one parent conferencing
Assessment results interpretation
Resource referrals
College/career exploration

Teachers
Career portfolio development
Assistance with students’ academic plans
Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc.
Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
Classroom career speakers
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Parent communication/education

Administrators
School climate
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessment
Student data and results
Student assistance team building
Leadership

Students
Peer education
Peer support
Academic support
School climate
Leadership development

Community
Job shadowing, service learning
Crisis interventions
Referrals
Parenting classes
Support groups
Career education

As counselor, the counselor works with students on personal, social, and educational issues such as self-esteem, self concept, coping skills, interpersonal skills, decision-making and problem solving skills.

The counselor also provides crisis intervention in the school, as well as continual support for parents, teachers and students.

As consultant, the counselor works directly with parents and teachers to help them understand children's behaviors and developmental issues, and to provide ideas for behavior management.

The counselor also helps parents and students discuss concerns with teachers; works with faculty to create a positive school climate; and, the counselor acts as a core member of the Instruction Support Team, in order to help children with special needs.

As coordinator, the counselor makes referrals for those students with special needs, coordinates school testing programs, and conducts screenings.

The counselor ensures access to professional services of school personnel including the psychologist, psychiatrist, and other specialists. The counselor also provides information to parents regarding outside programs, services, and agencies.

The counselor partakes in orienting new students and parents to the school, also acts as a contact person for students and parents with any questions or concerns.

As teacher, the counselor provides students with life skills training through guidance classes. This includes organizing and presenting class lessons on topics such as feelings, self-concept, self-protection, conflict resolution, responsibility, decision-making, and school success skills. Also, the counselor is responsible for maintaining and updating materials for the guidance curriculum.

Role of the School Counselor- American School Counselor Association

WWW.schoolcounselor.org