The Role of a Professional School Counselor
What is a Professional School Counselor?
“The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs.”
American School Counselor Association. “The Role of the ProfessionalSchool Counselor.” Timberlake Publishing: 2005. Alexandria, VA.
Ways school counselors help students:
- Listens to and empowers students to solve their own problems.
- Helps students to achieve academically.
- Helps students to feel better about themselves and their abilities.
- Assists students with exploring future careers.
- Assist students with developing the necessary skills to handle various life changes.
Visiting the School Counselor
Some students may have specific concerns they would like to address one-on-one with the counselor. There are three ways a student may be referred for counseling; by the student, parent/guardian, or teacher. Students wanting to see the counselor must fill out a counseling referral form. Counseling referral forms are available in each classroom and inside the mailbox on the counselor's door. Students should fill out the form and place it inside the mailbox on the counselor’s office door. Any parent may refer their child for counseling by contacting one of the school counselors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Teachers may also refer students for counseling services by filling out a counseling form, calling the counselor's extension, or stopping by the counseling office.