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Roles of School Counselor

Many people wonder "What does an elementary school counselor do?" Below I have listed some of my roles and how I may be able to help you and your child this year. 

Roles
Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum
  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
  • Individual student planning
Academic planning
  • Goal setting/decision- making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation

Elementary School Counselors Collaborate with:
Parents
Parent education 
Communication/networking 
Academic planning 
College/career awareness programs 
One-on-one parent conferencing 
Interpretation of assessment results

Teachers
Classroom guidance activities 
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically 
Classroom speakers 
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

Administrators
School climate 
Behavioral management plans 
School-wide needs assessments 
Student data and results 
Student assistance team building

Students
Peer education 
Peer support 
Academic support 
School climate 
Leadership development
Community
Crisis interventions 
Referrals 
Support groups 
Career education

**These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive

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