From the Counselor’s Corner…
What Does a School Counselor Do?
- Collaborate with parents, teachers, administration and other support staff to enhance and support your child’s educational experience.
- Teach weekly “Life Skills” classes that assist student learning of life skills like managing emotions, solving conflicts, establishing a growth mindset, making and keeping friends, making healthy choices , and other skills essential in becoming responsible citizens.
- Assist students individually, or within a small group setting, as they; explore their feelings, address their problems and concerns, and develop both problem solving and coping skills.
- Develop and support school wide initiatives that enhance a positive school climate in which every student feels a sense of belonging and support.
- Accept referrals from parents, students, teachers, and other school personnel
What Doesn’t a School Counselor Do?
- Divulge what teachers, parents and students tell me without their permission UNLESS:
- Someone is being hurt.
- Someone is in danger of being hurt.
- The physical/mental/emotional health of the child is at extreme risk
- Do ongoing therapy for deep seated emotional problems/adjustments.
- At that time I would offer a list of outside resources for families to access.
- Pass judgment on individual or families.
- Contact parents to let them know I spoke to their child unless I will be working with your child on an ongoing basis.
How Do I Contact the School Counselor?
- Phone: 608-987-0710 Ext.115 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A message sent through the main office or your child’s teacher.