Counselors, also known as guidance counselors were first primarily responsible for facilitating career development. Today, the role of the counselor is multifaceted and may vary greatly, depending on the requirements of the student, school and their families.
The duties of school may include:
Providing instruction on psychological and social issues. Counselors might provide information to students about bullying, or offer seminars on study skills.
Many counselors help students prepare for college or select careers.
Counselors often help students mediate conflicts with their peers, teachers, or parents. Many school counselors also provide therapy and counseling services to students.
Early intervention. Counselors receive training about learning difficulties and psychological concerns that commonly manifest in children and adolescents. They may also provide referrals, recommendations, and education to parents about mental health concerns.
Special needs services. Counselors often help special needs students integrate into classrooms and may oversee programs that address requirements for students with special needs or learning difficulties.
Further, counselors often help students:
- Maintain academic standards and set goals for academic success.
- Develop skills to improve organization, study habits, and time management.
Work through personal problems that may affect academics or relationships.
- Improve social skills.
- Cope with school or community-related violence, accidents, and trauma.
- Identify interests, strengths, and aptitudes through assessment.
- Counselors offer individual counseling to help students resolve personal or interpersonal problems.
- They may also offer small group counseling to help students enhance listening and social skills, learn to empathize with others, and find social support through healthy peer relationships.
Counselors can also provide support to school staff by assisting with classroom management techniques and the development of programs to improve mental health or school safety. When necessary, counselors may also intervene in a disrupted learning environment.
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