Counselor

Why Elementary School Counselors?

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The elementary school counselor holds a master's degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today's students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor's knowledge and effectiveness.

American School Counselor Association

Primary Services

The school guidance and counseling program is a combination of four types of primary services: curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support. Below are listed the primary services offered by the Elementary Guidance Counselor:

  • Implement effective classroom lessons focusing on relevant topics
  • Provide individual and small group guidance
  • Consult with teachers, administrators, and parents
  • Coordinate appropriate referrals to outside services within the school and community
  • Crisis intervention
  • Team support

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