What Does a School Counselor Really Do?

December 28, 2012 Careers Education School Counselors

When I was in high school, I rarely spoke to my school counselor. In fact, I’m not sure I knew where to find the school counselor! Looking back, this is a shame, given the amount of knowledge and insight I could have logged from a few visits to her office.

A school counselor is a helper, a student advocate, and a valuable addition to any staff. And students should take advantage of the many services and sources of support a school counselor provides, especially during times of adjustment and change.

But your school counselor is much more than an ear to bend. Check out what other services are available to students.

Elementary School Counselors

  • Helps students develop good relationships with peers, guardians, parents, teachers and siblings.
  • Teaches students how to improve their communication skills through guidance lessons and other helpful activities.
  • Assist students with understanding themselves and other around them, how to resolve conflicts, and setting individual goals.
  • Discuss curricula choices with parents and teachers to determine the best educational path for students.
  • Evaluates a student’s skills, strengths, weaknesses and reviews with teachers and parents.
  • Address any social, behavioral, mental, and emotional problems with students as well as guardians and teachers.

High School Counselors

  • Assists students with career development.
  • Provides individual as well as group counseling interviews for students during the school
    year.
  • Provides students with educational planning.
  • Offers information about scholarships and grants.
  • Assists students with the college application process and financial aid.
  • Work closely with teachers by visiting classrooms to present guidance lessons.

As you can tell from the above, a school counselor is an invaluable resource, at every grade level. And if you’re a considering becoming a school counselor, you have a rewarding career ahead of you. Working with students with college applications, essays, and just supporting them on their way to adulthood is a pretty cool thing. You’ll build lasting relationships that positively impact students’ lives for years to come.