School Counselor FAQ

WHAT IS CONFIDENTIALITY?

The guidance office is a place a student or parent may come to discuss concerns confidentially.

Confidentiality means that personal concerns will not be shared with others. However, counselors are required by law to contact other adults if a situation arises that puts someone in physical or emotional harm.

 

WHO ARE SCHOOL COUNSELORS?

Students are encouraged to visit the guidance office when they are free—before/after school, or during the common period. Students should not miss a class in order to see their counselor unless it is an emergency.  Students should email the counselor to request a meeting, fill out a request slip or let a teacher/staff member know.  

 

You are not in trouble if you are asked to come to the guidance office. It is a time to talk and listen.

What might a student ask a counselor about?

 

· I have questions about my classes or credits.

· I'm having trouble at home or outside of school.

· I need help figuring out how to get better grades.

· I’m here because other students are giving me a hard time.

- I don’t have any idea what I want to do after graduation.

 

What might a parent ask a counselor about?

· I need to communicate with all teachers about a situation at home and/or a medical need.

· I need some suggestions on how to improve my child’s study habits.

· What kind of courses does my child need to take?

 

What Does A School Counselor Do?

 

· Individual counseling— Counselors are trained to help resolve personal, social, educational, and career development issues.

· Parent Consultation — Counselors will conduct parenting meetings, facilitate conferences, and offer appropriate information for situations as they arise.

· Staff Consultation— Counselors can assist and collaborate with staff members to support student success and achievement.

· Administrative/Clerical Activities— Counselors will interpret/coordinate standardized tests,  oversee the scheduling process, update transcripts, and enroll new students.

· Community Consultation— Counselors may refer students and their families to community agencies when long-term counseling is needed to help with more serious personal, social, or educational concerns.

·Classroom Guidance— Counselors can be used as facilitator or team teachers to help instruct guidance-related topics. e.g. coping skills

· Group Counseling— Counseling may work with students in a small-group setting to help with concerns about relationships, personal matters, and developmental tasks.

· Program Management— Counselors will oversee the 504 process.  Counselors will work collaboratively with other school/community members on the development of guidance programs by identifying and gathering resources, designing activities, and assessing and evaluating their impact.

· Student Evaluations— Counselors will assist in the collaborative effort to identify students’ strengths, needs and interests through intervention assistance team assessments, multi-factored evaluations, individual career plans, etc.