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School Counselor's Role
School Counselors do more than help you plan your schedule!
The professional school counselor is a state certified/licensed educator who holds a master's degree and is trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social, and career development needs. Their work is differentiated by attention to developmental stages of student growth, including the needs, tasks and student interests related to those stages.
What is School Counseling?
School Counseling is a planned, sequential program of services that is proactive in scope, and developmental in nature. The purpose of the program is to assist students in exploring possible pathways that will provide positive academic, career, and personal/social education.
Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.
Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement.
What is the role of the Middle School Counselor?
• Serves as an advocate for all students
• Promotes student academic success
• Collaborates with parents, teachers, administrators, and school and community
• Assists students with transitional tasks and issues
• Provides information and support for transfer students
• Assists in curriculum planning relative to students' educational pursuits and
What counseling services does Middle School Counselors provide?
Academic edge Encouragement Personal concerns
Academic planning Family concerns Problem solving
Blended families Goal setting Self-esteem
Career exploration Individual and small Study skills
Classroom guidance lessons group counseling Support during crisis
Communication skills Moving to another school
Death and loss New student support Skills
Decision making Organization Testing
Divorce and separation Peer relations Transition Activities
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