What Does A School Counselor Do?
Class Guidance Lessons - Each class receives counseling lessons in their classroom twice a month. These lessons include topics such as: problem-solving skills, friendship building, kindness, diversity, bullying, internet safety, study skills, social interactions, character building, mindfulness, coping skills, and many others.
Small-Group Counseling - These groups are for students that can use some additional small group assistance. Groups form based on the type of needs. Examples include: Positive People, Friendship Circle, Relaxation & Learning, Kinder Friends, and Managing Big Emotions. These groups usually meet for 30 minutes, 1 day a week, for 6-8 weeks. Groups form in collaboration with teachers and families.
Individual Counseling - School counselors do not provide “therapy”. However, in times of crisis or concern, the counselor will meet with students individually to provide additional support or to help students solve bigger problems.
Other roles for the counselor include:
- 504 Site Coordinator
- McKinney-Vento Site Coordinator (helping homeless students overcome obstacles and barriers to receiving an education and to assist families with social service needs)
- PBIS Lead (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
- CST (Child Success Team)