Special Services

What Do School Counselors Do?
The goal of the School Guidance Office is to help students succeed in their academic and personal lives. The School Guidance Office offers a confidential environment where students can explore solutions to their problems. The counselor is available to provide personal support and academic guidance to help students achieve success in school and in the future. Any student who has an academic, behavioral, social, or emotional concern is welcome to meet with the guidance counselor. Counseling sessions are normally short term, intended to give a student an adult perspective or some options for them to pursue.

Academic Counseling
Academic Skills Support; Developing Academic Plans; Course Selection; Help with Organization, Time Management, Study, and Test Taking Skills; Transition; Learning Styles; Graduation Plans; Helping Students Succeed in the Classroom; 21st Century Scholars; Midwest Talent Search; High Ability

Career Counseling
Career awareness (Self Knowledge, Career Exploration, and Career Planning); Preparation for Career Options; Relationship of Careers to Academics and Life; Prepare for Life After School by Exploring Personal Interests and Talents

Personal/Social/Citizenship Counseling
Social and Personal Management Skills; Developing an Understanding and Respect for Oneself and Others; Resolving Conflicts; Setting Individual Goals; Coping Strategies; Reflecting on Interests, Abilities and Aptitudes; and Referrals to Outside Agencies

Limits of Confidentiality
Harm to Self or Others OR Abuse to Self or Others OR Court Orders

A student could see the counselor to:

  • Understand abilities and interests
  • Adjust to a new school or new building
  • Find answers to concerns
  • Develop skills in getting along with others
  • Adjust to family transitions
  • Achieve in school
  • Explore future career options
  • Discuss classroom concerns & academic motivation
  • Discuss personal decision-making
  • Find answers to peer and friendship concerns
  • Find help in dealing with conflict & crisis
  • Find help in dealing with problems or issues outside of school, which affect school performance

The counselor provides these services by:

  • Meeting with individual or small groups of students to work out problems and address concerns
  • Working with parents, students, school staff, and community agencies in order to best meet the needs of all students
  • Conducting classroom guidance lessons to provide students with information relevant to their needs or concerns; these lessons may include such topics as study skills, career exploration, and future educational planning
  • Meeting with small groups of students to meet the needs of a specific population; such groups may involve students who are dealing with grief, experiencing divorce within their families, or having friendship difficulties

A student can see the counselor by:

  • Self referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Referral by a friend

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