WHAT IS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

 

Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students and their parents.  Students are moving into their adolescence, exploring their worlds, growing rapidly, and searching for their own unique identity.  During this time, every student needs support, guidance, and skills to face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.  School counselors are licensed educators with a mental health perspective, making them uniquely qualified to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs.   School counselors work in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help young people to have a successful and positive school experience.
 
The counseling program provides:
 
School Guidance Curriculum
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
Individual Student Planning
 
  • Goal-setting/decision- making
  • Academic, career, and transition planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals