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What Does a Professional School Counselor Do?

Are you curious about what the school counselor does?  This section is intended to help you understand what the role of a Professional School Counselor is as well as what it is not.  If you're ever wondering what Mrs. Bihl or Mrs. Bartee do or why, please ask!  We are both happy to talk with you!
A School Counselor Does...
  • Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect.
  • Deliver classroom lessons that align to American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards.
  • Facilitate small groups.
  • Meet individually with students to do brief, solution-focused counseling.
    • The school counselor will determine the number of individual meetings that are necessary with a student.  If the school counselor feels the student is in need of more intensive therapy, he or she will recommend that the parent or guardian get in touch with the child's pediatrician to review other options based on the child's mental and physical needs.
  • Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration.
  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or a safety concern.
  • Provide education and information about students' social-emotional needs.
A School Counselor Does NOT:
  • Work with only special education, regular education, or "problem" students.
  • Assign grades after lessons or teach academic subjects.
  • Facilitate therapy groups.
  • Meet individually with a student to do long-term mental health counseling/therapy.
  • Handle the discipline or assign consequences to students.
  • Collaborate with only one person.  A team approach including the School Counselor works best.
  • Share information about students and their families to appease the curiosity of others.
  • Tell teachers how to teach in their classrooms or tell parents how to parent at home.