School Counselors' Role
Gone are the days of "guidance counselors" sitting in their offices and only handing out college applications or dealing with the "problem kids." Today's professional school counselors guide their students through three parallel paths that lead to one destination: success. School counselors help their students through personal and social development to improve their academic achievement so they can prepare for successful careers and lives as contributing members of society. Rather than providing a service just to students who need them, school counselor manage comprehensive programs for every student. Learn more about the role of the school counselor and how school counselors and principals can best work together.
Are you looking to hire a school counselor? Need help with interview questions? ASCA offers a wealth of questions to use during the interview process as well as details about appropriate and inappropriate duties for school counselors. Want to post a free job ad? Post it on the ASCA SCENE under "Job Openings." (If you're not a member of the ASCA SCENE, you can join for free or send the job listing to Kathleen Rakestraw for posting.
Working With Your School Counselor
Learn more about legal and ethical issues when working with your school counselors with these ASCA School Counselor magazine articles.
Bridging the Gap – should your school counselor share all information with you?
Confidentiality vs. Principal Relationships
Confidentiality and the Need to Know
Your Values vs. School Board Rules
Exploring Confidentiality and Dual Relationships