What does a counselor do?
School counselors perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:
- Individual counseling
- Small group counseling
- Classroom guidance (i.e. Large group counseling)
- Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings
- Organize and administer building testing
- Observe students in various school environments
- Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and students
- Respond to school crises or emergency situations
- Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues
- Student self-referral
- Staff referral
- Parent referral
The general rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students.
Students are told that what they tell their counselor will stay in her office unless one of the three things occur:
- Someone is hurting you.
- You want to hurt someone.
- You want to hurt yourself.