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School Guidance Curriculum
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
Individual Student Planning
  • Goal-setting/decision-making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals
System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

Middle School Counselors Collaborate With:

Parents
  • Parent information night
  • Communication/networking
  • Academic planning programs
  • Parent and family education
  • One-on-one parent conferencing
  • Assessment results interpretation
  • Resource referrals
  • College/career exploration
Teachers
  • Career portfolio development
  • Assistance with students’ academic plans
  • Classroom guidance activities on study skills, career development, etc.
  • Academic support, learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically
  • Classroom career speakers
  • At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success
  • Parent communication/education
Administrators
  • School climate
  • Behavioral management plans
  • School-wide needs assessment
  • Student data and results
  • Student assistance team building
  • Leadership
Students
  • Peer education
  • Peer support
  • Academic support
  • School climate
  • Leadership development
Community
  • Job shadowing, service learning
  • Crisis interventions
  • Referrals
  • Parenting classes
  • Support groups
  • Career education

As counselor, the counselor works with students on personal, social, and educational issues such as self-esteem, self concept, coping skills, interpersonal skills, decision-making and problem solving skills.

The counselor also provides crisis intervention in the school, as well as continual support for parents, teachers and students.

As consultant, the counselor works directly with parents and teachers to help them understand children’s behaviors and developmental issues, and to provide ideas for behavior management.

The counselor also helps parents and students discuss concerns with teachers; works with faculty to create a positive school climate; and, the counselor acts as a core member of the Instruction Support Team, in order to help children with special needs.

As coordinator, the counselor makes referrals for those students with special needs, coordinates school testing programs, and conducts screenings.

The counselor ensures access to professional services of school personnel including the psychologist, psychiatrist, and other specialists. The counselor also provides information to parents regarding outside programs, services, and agencies.

The counselor partakes in orienting new students and parents to the school, also acts as a contact person for students and parents with any questions or concerns.

As teacher, the counselor provides students with life skills training through guidance classes. This includes organizing and presenting class lessons on topics such as feelings, self-concept, self-protection, conflict resolution, responsibility, decision-making, and school success skills. Also, the counselor is responsible for maintaining and updating materials for the guidance curriculum.

Role of the School Counselor- American School Counselor Association