A School Counselor’s Job

What does a School Counselor do?


Counseling support services are available to all students both individually and in small group. These services are designed to address the academic, social, emotional, and developmental needs of students. They are supportive in nature and not intended to provide intensive therapy. The school counselor can help a family with community resource lists and referral information if needed.


Counselors coordinate a variety of special programs within their schools. These may include registration, peer helper, conflict mediation programs, educational program planning, and guiding students in their prospective career choices.


An important part of the school counselor's role is consultation. Counselors may consult with parents, faculty, other school staff, and community agencies in order to meet the individual needs of all students.


Counselors conduct a variety of classroom guidance lessons throughout the year in order to provide students with information relevant to their needs or concerns. These lessons may include decision making skills, getting along with others, study skills, career exploration and how to make healthy choices.

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