What Does a School Counselor Do?
- We provide systematic classroom guidance lessons in the academic, career, and personal/social development of students
- We provide students individual counseling
- We respond to student needs in crisis situations
- We facilitate groups with students on various topics, with parental permission
- We help orient students who are new to our school or school settings
- We adhere to ethical and legal standards
- We actively participate in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
- We work with and coordinate efforts with other school specialists
- We conduct conferences with parents
- We facilitate parent discussion groups
- We advocate for all students
The Roles and Objectives of the School Counseling Program:
There are three main domains--academic, career, and personal/social development in the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools, from which all elementary school counselors in Loudoun County are required to teach.
Why Do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
- Family transitions
- Special needs of their child
- Student crisis situations
- Academic achievement
- New school transition
How is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?
- Teacher, administrator or staff referral
- Parent referral
- Counselor observation