What is a school counselor?
School counselors are professionals with a master’s degree and state certification in the counseling field; they are responsible for the organization/management of school counseling services.
School counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare students to make meaningful contributions to society.
Counseling services are child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and prevention focused. Counseling services are also inclusive and respectful of student and staff differences in religion, ethnicity, race, ability, gender, sexual-orientation, and age.
What do school counselors do?
- Teach bi-weekly classroom counseling lessons (see list of topics below)
- Facilitate counseling groups that meet for approximately 6 to 8 weeks
- Conduct limited, short-term individual counseling, as needed
- Consult with parents and staff to best meet the needs of students
- Refer family members to community/county resources
- Assist in deescalating school crisis and conflicts
- Provide a safe environment that respects and values differences
- Advocate for all Liberty students and families
What topics are discussed during counseling lessons?
- Respect for Self, Others, & Property
- Bullying Prevention - Second Step
- Friendship Skills/Conflict Resolution Skills/Problem Solving/Decision Making
- Celebrating Differences
- Strategies for School Success
- Bucket Filling/Compliments/Kindness
- Careers & Future Planning
- Test Taking Strategies for grades 3-5 prior to SOLs
- Transition to Middle School Tips
When to contact a school counselor?
If you believe your child is experiencing difficulty at home or at school regarding academic achievement, family changes, social skills, or adjusting to transitions, it may be helpful to consult with your child's school counselor.