Loudoun County Public School Counselors
Helping Students Succeed in School
Counselors Help Students Learn!
Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living. School counseling services focus on students' academic, social/emotional, and career awareness needs at each stage of their development.
What Are the Objectives of the Guidance and Counseling Program?
The Loudoun County counseling program supports students as they strive to:
become self-directive and responsible for their behavior in relation to academic achievement
develop positive feelings toward their school environment
foster and support responsible behavior and safety
understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, and the world of work
understand the character traits consistent with Loudoun County Public Schools' character education program
develop problem-solving, decision-making, and coping skills
understand and respect themselves and others
maintain effective relationships with peers and adults
develop effective communication skills
plan for further education
What are the Responsibilities of the School Counselor?
The school counseling program provides classroom lessons, group counseling, individual counseling, and parent consultations. Group counseling consists of many different themes offered to the students at selected times throughout the year. Topics counselors help students with include:
Changing Families: separation, divorce, and stepfamilies
Social Skills: making/keeping friends; conflict resolution
Grieving: loss of a loved one
Coping Skills: serious illness or disability in the family
How is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?
Teacher, Administrator, or Staff
Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
New School Orientation and Transition
Special Needs of Students
Student Crisis Situations
What are the Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor?