Frequently Asked Questions About School Counseling

  • Who Are School Counselors?

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    • A person who provides support services for all students.
    • A resource for all staff members and parents.
    • A liaison with outside community resources.
    • We are NOT: Disciplinarians, Administrators, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, or Social Workers.                                                                             
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  • Who Do We See?

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    School counseling is considered a regular/general educational service provided by the school. The counselor may meet with all students at the school, however continual counseling sessions will require signed Informed Consent from the legal parent or guardian of the child.

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  • What Do We Do?

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    Responsive Services:

    - Meeting immediate needs and concerns of students.

    - Support in crisis situations.

    - Consultation and collaboration with staff, families, and specialists. 

    Help with student’s development in:


    - Classroom behavior support

    - Goal setting

    College & Career:

    - Explore interests and skills

    - Awareness of college & career options

    - Development of life skills

     Personal & Social Skills:

    - Building Self-Esteem

    - Making & Keeping Friends

    - Coping Skills

    - Bereavement & Grief

    - Anger Management

    - Problem Solving Skills

    - Strengths and Resiliency

    - Conflict Resolution

    - Peer mediation

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  • How Are Services Delivered?

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    Classroom Guidance:

    - Guidance lessons will consist of many of the topics listed above in the Academic, College & Career, and Personal/Social areas.

    - Frequency of classroom guidance lessons will vary.

    - Engage students with developmentally appropriate, interactive lessons.

    - Create awareness of self and others.

    Small Group Counseling:

    - Generally a group of 3-5 students, formed by grade level and or sharing a common concern.

    - Help and support students in areas of self– confidence,  friendship, grief, attitude and behavior changes, and more.

    Individual Counseling:

    - Counselor will work one-on-one with    students, specific to the individual need and area of growth of the child.

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  • How Often Will My Child Be Seen?

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    - Depending on the student, those receiving services will meet with a counselor between 2-3 times a month for 20-30 minutes per session.

    - Student may take part in both a small counseling group & 1:1 counseling or periodical check-in's.

    - Appropriate adjustments will be made as necessary.

    - All services and sessions will be during school hours and are free of charge.

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