What do school counselors do?
Work with individuals and groups
Help identify the needs of students
Encourage better interpersonal relationships
Promote positive attitudes and choices
Aid teachers and parents in helping students
Assist people in making use of community resources
Coordinate referrals to outside agencies
Assist students with the process of growing up
Coordinate efforts with other school programs
Provide preventative services
Why do students visit their school counselor?
Here are just a few reasons a student might want to talk to the School Counselor:
“I’m getting picked on at the bus stop and I don’t know what to do about it.”
“My best friend isn’t talking to me and it’s making me really sad.”
“I want to show you what I just made in art. I’m very proud of it.”
“I’m new to this school, and I’m really scared.”
“I just want to talk to someone who won’t laugh at me.”
“I did a lot better on my last math test, and I’m so excited to tell someone!”
“Lisa, Carol and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?”
Why do parents contact the school counselor?
Here are just a few reasons a parent might want to talk to the School Counselor:
“Sarah doesn’t want to go to school in the mornings.”
“I’m concerned because Allen keeps telling me he doesn’t have any friends.”
“We recently had a death in the family, and I’m not sure how to tell my child.”
“Kevin has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares.”
“My wife and I are going through a divorce and we’re not sure how to handle things with the kids.”
“Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework and nothing I say seems to help.”
ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT!