A school Counselor……,
- talks with students individually and in groups.
- helps teachers and parents identify the developmental needs of children.
- teaches children how to develop positive peer relationships.
- consults with teachers and parents.
- coordinates services with school and community specialists.
A student may be referred to the school counselor by……
- self referral.
- parent referral.
- principal referral.
- teacher or staff referral.
A school counselor, when necessary, may consult with……
- community resource personnel.
- physicians and/or community/private mental health professionals.
Students may see the school counselor because……
- they are having problems with peer relationships.
- a pet or loved one has died.
- they are experiencing family challenges.
- they are in the midst of a transition (move to a new house or new area, parental separation or divorce, birth of a sibling, illness of a family member).
- they have trouble expressing emotions in an appropriate manner.
- they just want someone to listen to them.
Parents may consult with the school counselor……
- to get some additional parenting tips.
- to gain a better understanding of their child’s developmental stages.
- when they perceive their child is having difficulty coping with a family challenge or transition.
- when their child is having difficulty with peer or sibling relationships.
The qualifications of a school counselor in the state of Pennsylvania are……
- Masters degree in Elementary School Counseling
- certification with the state of Pennsylvania