• What is a School Counselor?

    Our role as middle school counselors encompasses counseling, consultation, and coordination. Our comprehensive school counseling program covers three areas of student development:

    • Academic
    • Personal/Social
    • Career

    As your child’s school counselors, we may deliver services through a variety of methods:

    I. Individual Counseling
    Provided in a confidential setting, counselors use techniques to assist students in areas such as:
    • Educational planning for high school and college
    • Career
    • Developing positives attitudes and behaviors
    • Developing skills related to decision making and problem solving
    • Dealing with interpersonal relationships
    • Crisis intervention

    II. Small Group Counseling
    If small group counseling is appropriate, one of the counselors will meet with two or more students. In this setting students work on shared tasks and develop supportive relationships. Through giving and receiving feedback, students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in how to learn and live with others. Small group counseling is especially suitable for middle school adolescents. Groups provide a place where they can safely experiment with reality and test their limits. A unique quality of group counseling lets adolescents be instrumental in one another's growth. Examples of previous small groups conducted include:
    • Successful Study Skills
    • Test Anxiety
    • Positive behavior management

    III. Classroom Guidance
    We implement classroom guidance lessons as needed. These lessons may focus on topics such as:
    • Career exploration (SCOIS assessments)
    • Test information
    • Test taking and study skills
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Bullying awareness and prevention

    IV. Consultation
    School counselors consult with parents, teachers, and other education professionals on matters related to students' personal/social, career, and academic success. We will confer directly with teachers, parents, administrators, and other helping professionals to figure out how to best support your student. Examples of consultation include:
    • Lead 504 meetings
    • Attend IEP and other special education meetings
    • Facilitate parent-teacher conferences

    V. Coordination
    School counselors also serve as a liaison between teachers, parents, support personnel, and community resources to facilitate successful school development. This may include assisting parents to get services for their children through a referral and follow-up process. School counselors can:
    • Identify resources needed by parents, students and teachers
    • Make referrals to school-based mental health counselors (with parent permission)
    • Provide interpretation of standardized tests results
    • Facilitate the distribution of information pertinent to student needs
    • Assess students' needs
    • Develop programs and selects material and resources to be available to parents