Holland Middle School

Success for every student, every day

what is a counselor?

 

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.
 
Some Reasons To Contact The School Counselor
  • Academic concerns.
  • Divorce, separation, and family changes.
  • Drug and alcohol concerns.
  • Educational and career planning.
  • Experiencing loss, death, and grief.
  • Peer relationship issues.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • School adjustment issues.
  • Stress reduction and coping skills.
  • Study skills.
 
How Does A Student Meet With A School Counselor
  • Appointment made by the counselor.
  • Appointment made by the student.
  • Parent referral.
  • Teacher referral.