What is a School Counselor?
A School Counselor is a support person that students can talk to when they are experiencing a difficult situation. A child may need to speak individually with a counselor if he/she is angry, stressed, sad, etc. School Counselors did not have magic wands and can not erase a student's problems, however, counselors assist in empowering and teaching students the skills to cope with these situations.
- What a student shares with a counselor is confidential unless he/she:
- Gives permission for the information to be shared.
- If the child reports abuse or neglect.
- If the child shares that he/she is hurting or plans to hurt himself/herself.
- If the child shares that he/she is or plans to hurt others.
- A court order mandates a breach in confidentiality.
Responsibilities of a School Counselor:
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Classroom Guidance
- 504 Coordinator
- Problem Solving Team (PST) Chair
- Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Chair
- Cumulative Records