School Counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Their role is to develop a comprehensive school counseling program that supports students’ academic and social/emotional needs, promotes college and career readiness, and is aligned with the standards set by the American School Counseling Association.
They don’t work in isolation, rather they are an integral part of the total educational program. School counselors are able to provide early identification and intervention of children’s academic and social/emotional needs which are essential in removing barriers to learning.
School counselors support teachers by helping to develop behavioral strategies, understanding emotional and social needs, and working as a collaborative team.
School counselors support parents by sharing information about developmental stages, school services, community agencies, and mental health resources to ensure school success.