Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The program provides education, prevention, and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Elementary school counselors provide students with the knowledge, attitude, and skills needed to acquire an academic, career, and social/emotional development. Ultimately the serve as the foundation for future success.
Direct student services including:
Instruction – teaching the school counseling curriculum to students focused through the lens of selected student standards from the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success.
Advisement – assessing student abilities, interests, and achievements to help them make decisions about their future.
Counseling – providing professional assistance and support to a student or small group of students during times of transition, heightened stress, critical change, or other situations impeding student success.
School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and assist students and families seeking resources.