School Counselor Services

 

There are seven categories that outline the work of a school counselor.  They can be described as counselor functions, approaches, tasks, activities or jobs.

 

Counseling - In the school setting there are several types of counseling: personal, social, academic, and vocational or career.  The school counselor addresses these areas through individual counseling, small group counseling, or large group guidance.  The counselor’s goal is to form a trusting relationship that allows students to explore their feelings and make appropriate decisions.

 

Coordination - The school counselor is a coordinator of guidance services in the school.  Some examples of these guidance services include standardized testing, student registration and record maintenance, educational placement of students, parent/staff education programs, and special events, such as vocational presentations and career field trips.

 

Consultation with teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community agencies is a large part of school counseling.  This process involves the sharing of knowledge, information, skills, resources, and services to assist the student to the fullest extent possible and to enhance the total school environment.

 

Advocacy - As a student advocate, the counselor communicates with all parties to provide services in the best interest of the student.

 

Teaming and Collaboration with members of the school and community to best serve students needs.

 

Data Driven/Results Based emphasizes the importance of students acquiring competencies to be successful in school and in the transition from school to post secondary education, employment, and/or military service.

 

Use of Technology to provide additional services to all students.

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