What Does A School Counselor Do?

CLASSROOM LESSONS:          Teach classroom lessons using different research based Curriculums covering topic social emotional skills such as skills for learning, empathy, compassion, emotion management and problem solving.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING:    Provide a safe and confidential space to work with students on an individual basis to help promote success in their academic and social/emotional  development. Please refer to the parameters below and on on the virtual page addressing counseling in a virtual setting.

GROUP COUNSELING:            Provide weekly confidential sessions in a safe space with a small group of students with similar concerns and issues and/or needs. Again, please refer the virtual setting regarding counseling in a virtual world.

COORDINATION:                   Work with school personnel, parents/guardians, and community members to promote a healthy development of life-long learners and leaders of the school and community.

CONSULTATION:                   Work closely with and communicate with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community agencies to build a network of support for positive growth and   development of our students.

RESPONSIVE SERVICES:      Help to identify and address immediate needs and concerns of the students and families.


VIRTUAL COUNSELING
Whether we’re communicating by email, phone, or video, the same “rules” apply for confidentiality -- I won’t share anything you tell me unless you tell me there is a safety issue for you or someone else. Please understand that while I will always do everything I can to protect your privacy, when we’re not face to face in my office, confidentiality can’t always be 100% guaranteed in the same way as a closed, in-person conversation. Together we’ll do our best to navigate that as best we can.

I have borrowed an excerpt that I believe describes my role as a school counselor~

 

The Role of School Counselors

We are here to listen… not work miracles. 

We are here to help students discover what they are feeling… not to make their feelings go away.

We are here to help students and parents identify options… not to decide what they should do.

We are here to discuss steps with students and parents… not to take steps away from them.  

We are here to help students discover that they can help themselves… not to take responsibility for them.   

We are here to help students learn to choose…not to keep them from making difficult choices. We are here to provide support to change

 

Borrowed from the the Avon Grove School District student Assistance Program, known as S.O.S. (Supporting our Students)