Who Are Your Counselors?
School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by our diverse student population. We address the academic and developmental needs of all students, not just those in need, by collaborating with students, parents, school staff and the community.
Professional school counselors align and work with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for college and careers. We help students overcome obstacles that may form barriers to learning by helping students respond to issues such as divorce or death in their family, as well as developmental issues typical in childhood and adolescence.
We enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.
The professional high school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with educational reform and challenges facing today’s students.
Secondary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
- Individual and small-group counseling
- Individual/family/school crisis intervention
- Peer facilitation
Individual Student Planning
- Goal setting
- Academic plans
- Career plans
- Problem solving
- Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
- Transition plans
- Professional development
- Consultation, collaboration and teaming
- Program management and operation
- Post-secondary planning and application process
- Career planning
- Career awareness and the world of work
- Substance abuse education
- Multicultural/diversity awareness
These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive
Secondary School Counselors Collaborate with/about:
Scholarship/financial search process
One-on-one parent conferencing
Academic support services
Portfolio development, providing recommendations and assisting students with the post-secondary application process
Classroom guidance lessons on post-secondary planning, study skills, career development, etc.
School-to-work transition programs
Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
Academic support interventions
Behavioral management plans
School-wide needs assessments
Student assistance team development
Job shadowing, worked-based learning, part-time jobs, etc.