What Does a Counselor Do?
As a School Counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:
Small group counseling
Attend and participate in academic intervention meetings
Organize and administer building testing
Observe students in various school environments
Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and students
Respond to school crises or emergency situations
Provide information and resources to parents on a variety of issues
How can a student see the counselor?
A note about confidentiality…
The general rules of confidentiality for counselors are very different from those of teachers. Confidentiality is important to maintain a trusting relationship with students. Students are told that what they tell Mrs. Blair will stay in her office unless one of the three things occur:
1. Someone is hurting you.
2. You want to hurt someone.
3. You want to hurt yourself.
Only then will Mr. Snyder tell someone to make sure they are safe and healthy. Information is never disclosed to other staff members, parents, or students unless permission is granted. If a student discloses information deemed crucial to a child's safety or well-being, the student is informed that his/her parents must be notified. The exception to the general rules is if information is court mandated.