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Frequently Asked Questions And Answers About School Counselors

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Q. With whom does a school counselor consult?

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Public personnel representatives
  • Community resource personnel
  • Physicians, nursed, psychologists and mental health professionals

Q. What does a counselor do?

  • Talks with student individuals and in groups
  • Gains understanding of student through observation in the classroom
  • Works with potentially “at-risk” students
  • Helps student relate to others
  • Promotes positive attitudes and values among students
  • Actively listens to concerns of parents, teachers and peers in helping students
  • Responds to identified concerns
  • Provides follow-up prevention, remediation and crisis intervention services
  • Helps people to make better use of community resources
  • Uses test data to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
  • Assists students in comping with psycho-social developmental issues
  • Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
  • Coordinates referrals to outside agencies
  • Facilitates parent discussion groups
  • Helps with school, college, job, career and personal plans
  • Participates in curriculum development
  • Maintains student confidences

Q. Who is the school counselor?

  • A Master’s level certified, specially trained professional
  • A caring person who helps all students
  • A coordinator of information
  • A Consultant
  • A group leader
  • An advocate for students

Q. Where can counseling take place?

  • In the counselor’s office
  • In the classroom
  • In the hallway
  • On the school grounds
  • In the lunchroom
  • Outside the school

Q. How does the student access the counselor?

  • Appointment made by the counselor
  • Self-referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Teacher or other staff referral
  • Referral by a friend
  • Walk-in

 

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Published by Mable Harper on September 5, 2016
        
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