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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