About the School Counselor

  • School Counselor Qualifications
    School counselors hold a Master's degree in school counseling from an accredited college or university as well as school counselor certification from the AZ Department of Education.
     
    School Counselor Responsibilities
    By utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school counselors promote student academic success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students.
    • Develop and deliver the school counseling curriculum
    • Assist students in the areas of academic and career planning and in social/emotional development
    • Provide small group counseling to students with identified needs and concerns 
    • Consult and collaborate with teachers, staff and families in understanding and meeting the needs of students in the school setting
    • Make appropriate referrals of students and families to outside agencies and specialists
    • Participate in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school
    • Review the school counseling program annually with other district counselors and administrators for continuous improvement
    • Pursue continuous professional development to stay abreast of the field
    • Promote an understanding and appreciation of diverse populations and cultures
    • Monitor and advise students and their families as to progress towards promotion and graduation
    • Prepare students for the transition to the next level: middle school, high school, and post high school
    • Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession