School counselors work with parents, school staff and the community to help all children achieve academic success. They provide education, prevention, and early intervention through a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program. Your professional 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 education reform and challenges facing students.
Emotional, social and behavioral concerns can interfere with a child's academic progress. Students experiencing these concerns can be helped and supported by the school counselor. School counselors address the needs of students during classroom lessons in areas of social/emotional needs, academic needs, and career development needs.
School counseling is brief in nature. The school counselor is available to address the specific concerns of students through individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation with teacher, parents, and community agencies. The school counselor is available to coordinate programming with a community agency if therapy is desired.
Students can self-refer to discuss a concern with the school counselor. Parents can refer a student by contacting the counselor and teachers may consult with parents about a referral to the counselor.