Harrison-MortonMiddle School

What Counselors Do

School Counselors are Specialists

  • School counselors are child advocates who work cooperatively with the educational staff, parents, and community.
  • School counselors are educational specialists who have master’s degrees in the behavioral sciences.
  • School counselors assist students with their social, emotional, and educational development.
  • School counselors are human resource specialists who assist students, parents, and educational staff through counseling. consultation, and coordination.

 

The School Counselor Works with Teachers and Administrators

  • To facilitate referrals and evaluations.
  • To provide consultation concerning student’s needs
  • To facilitate parent conferences.
  • To develop an educational plan to meet the personal, social, educational, and career needs of students.
  • To work collaboratively with school psychologists, school nurses, social workers, the career educational coordinator, and the student support teams.
 

The School Counselor Works with Parents

  • To encourage and support student achievement.
  • To assist in the interpretation of assessment data.
  • To provide family support.
  • To design an appropriate educational and career plan for the student.
 

The School Counselor Works with Students

  • To provide the needed support to develop positive self-concepts and the motivation necessary for learning.
  • To develop all educational and career plan for each student which targets high school completion and the exploration of post-secondary opportunities.
  • To provide individual and group planning and counseling.
 

Goals of School Counseling

  • To assist students with educational, personal, career, and goal planning.
  • To develop personalized programs based on each student’s strengths and needs.
  • To help students understand themselves and others.
  • To assist students in identifying and dealing with problems.
  • To facilitate the identification of students with special needs.
  • To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • To coordinate referrals to school and community support services.
  • To serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers and administrators.