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    Loudoun County Public School Counselors
     
    Helping Students Succeed in School
     
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    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
    • Study Skills
    • Self-Esteem
    • Anger Management
    • Stress Management
    • Academic Self-Improvement

     

    How is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?

     

    • Teacher, Administrator, or Staff
    • Parent Referral
    • Counselor Observation

     

    Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?

    • Academic Achievement
    • New School Orientation and Transition
    • Special Needs of Students
    • Student Crisis Situations
    • Family Transitions

     

    What are the Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor?
    • Master's Degree
    • State Certification