Careers in school counseling are some of the most unique and rewarding in public education. School counselors work with all of the stakeholders in the educational ecosystem to help create a culture of success, safety and learning for students, their families and the educational professionals that serve them.
Some of the primary responsibilities of a school counselor include:
- Providing social and emotional support for students in individual and group sessions.
- Aiding students with issues related to study skills and time management.
- Encouraging and fostering student strengths (both in and out of the classroom).
- Collaborating with families and other school faculty to address individual student needs.
- Helping students and families respond to crises.
- Identifying students’ social, behavioral or learning issues.
- Working as part of a child study team to develop and implement interventions for students with special needs and other at-risk students.
- Coordinating support services between school, home and outside agencies.
- Offering professional input on school and district policies.
This wide variety of responsibilities shows that becoming a school counselor is a career choice with the potential to make a positive difference every day.