What is a School Counselor?

Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow (ASCA).  Learn more about the role of the school counselor.

My goal as a school counselor is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society.  In order to achieve this, the counseling program will

  • Assist students in their educational, career, personal and social development.
  • Help students resolve problems which interfere with learning.
  • Facilitate educational and career planning.
  • Increase knowledge of self and others.
  • Support students with specific needs.
  • Offer crisis intervention and prevention.
To participate in any of these services, students may be referred by parents, teachers, administrators, peer, or they may self-refer.   A referral form must be on file in order for me to provide on-going services for students.

If you would like to speak with me, I can be contacted at 330*482-5354 extension 34402, or you can email me at cathi.raub@columbianaschools.org