What is a School Counselor? The school counselor is a specialist who works cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, and community. She is also a child advocate assisting students with their social, emotional, and educational development.
What is the purpose of a School Counseling Program?
“Studies indicate that the presence of comprehensive school counseling programs is linked to an array of positive student outcomes ranging from better attendance to a stronger sense of connection to school.”
(Dimmitt, C., & Wilkerson, B. (2012). Comprehensive school counseling in Rhode Island: Access to services and student outcomes. Retrieved from https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/Effectiveness.pdf)
1. Prevention - FA prevention model is constructed through:
2. Intervention - Your child or teen might be a recipient of:
- Topical Group discussion such as Social and Friendship Skills, Managing Anxiety, Study Skills, etc.
- One on One sessions when he/she, a teacher or parent requests it to explore things like anxiety, divorce/loss, emotional regulation, anger, focusing, social challenges, etc.
- Referrals to professionals or programs in the community as needed or requested.
“Research supports the value of a range of interventions delivered by school counselors, with particular value associated with group counseling interventions.” (Whiston, S. C., & Quinby, R. F. (2009).
Review of school counseling outcome research. Retrieved from https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/Effectiveness.pdf)
3. Resourcing - Equipping and communicating with our parents is a top priority!
- Lower School Guidance topics and parent resource will be included in LS teacher newsletters each week.
- We will offer several parent webinars throughout the year on topics such as Cybersafety, Communicating with Teens, Love and Logic, etc.
- We can set up a face to face meeting or phone call anytime.
- “Nook of Books”- I am working on creating a resource library for parents to check out books, videos, etc.
When should I contact the school counselor?
Divorce, separation, and family changes
Drug and alcohol concerns
Experiencing loss, death, and grief
Peer relationship issues
Problem solving skills
School adjustment issues
Stress reduction and coping skills
- Study skills
How does a student meet with a school counselor?