What is a Counselor?

What Do School Counselors Do?

  • Work with individuals and groups

  • Help identify needs of students

  • Encourage better interpersonal relationships

  • Promote positive attitudes and choices

  • Aid teachers and parents in helping students

  • Assist people in making use of community resources

  • Coordinate efforts with other school programs

  • Assist students with the process of growing up

  • Coordinate referrals to outside agencies

  • Assist with in-service programs for faculty

  • Participate in curriculum development

  • Provide "preventative" services

  • Maintain confidentiality

Why Would I Want To Visit a Counselor?

  • "I'm getting picked on at the bus stop and I don't know what to do about it."

  • "My best friend isn't talking to me and it's making me really sad."

  • "I want to show you what I just made in art. I'm very proud of it."

  • "I'm new to this school, and I'm really scared!"

  • "I just want to talk to someone who won't laugh at me."

  • "I did a lot better on my last math test, and I'm so excited to tell someone!"

  • "Tim, Samantha and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?"

  • "Sarah doesn't want to go to school in the mornings."

  • "I'm concerned because Allen keeps telling me that he doesn't have any friends.”

  • "We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how to tell my child."

  • "Kevin has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares."

  • "My wife and I have been divorced for two years, but we think our kids are still having a hard time dealing with it.”

  • "Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework and nothing I say seems to help."