Counselor's Corner

February 2020

Happy National School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week 2020, “School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans,” will be celebrated from Feb. 3–7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.


As the counselors at HHS, we work hard to support the social, emotional, academic, and career growth of all our students. We partner with teachers, administrators, the school nurse, community mental health agencies, and many others to ensure the holistic well-being of our students. We provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:

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Get with the Times ;)

Historically, the term “guidance counselor” was used to refer to counselors working in the schools who only focused on one aspect of student development--career. This term has evolved to “school counselor” as the scope of duties has changed and evolved to included social/emotional wellbeing and academic development in addition to career and post-secondary development. Although some schools still used the outdated “guidance counselor” term, the American School Counselor Association encourages the use of “school counselor” to more accurately reflect the intricacies of the role.


GUIDANCE COUNSELOR:

  • Reactive
  • Services to some
  • Impact measured via feelings and perceptions
  • Ancillary role to school improvement process
  • Work in isolation

SCHOOL COUNSELOR:
  • Proactive/data-driven
  • Program for all
  • Impact measured via achievement, attendance and behavior data
  • Essential role in the school improvement process
  • School counselors as school leaders
  • Develop, manage and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program

School counselors are highly trained and support students in many ways in addition to guiding them to college. The role itself has evolved from a focus on post-graduation planning and administrative support to today’s focus on embracing a comprehensive approach to optimize student outcomes in much more than just college planning. Focus areas include emotional support, family intervention, social development, academic guidance, and career planning.


School counselors are highly trained to address the variety of challenges that students face today. They must hold advanced degrees and adhere to state-by-state requirements for certification and continuing education. With the critical role they play, school counselors are essential to ensuring that students receive the comprehensive supports and services they deserve to achieve.


Click here and here to read more about the rationale behind the name change!

A Snapshot of What We Do:

We keep data on most of our interactions. Below is a snapshot of just some of our data to date...


  • Individual Counseling Sessions
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Referrals to School Based Therapy
  • Collaborations with Support Services (Nurse, SAP program, etc.)
  • Collaborations with Other Services (outside therapy programs, etc.)
  • Collaborations with Administration
  • Collaborations with Teachers
  • Parent Contacts (email and phone)
  • Face-to-Face Parent Contacts (individual freshman meetings, junior interviews, IEP meetings, 504 updates, etc.)
  • Suicide Assessments, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Assessments, etc.
  • New Student Enrollment and/or Potential New Family Meetings, Tours
  • Schedules Changes, Discussions, Course Planning Meetings
  • PA Career Readiness Standards Lessons and Implementation
  • Financial Aid Nights, College Fairs, Transition Fairs, A.W. Beattie Partnerships, Local College and Technical School Partnerships
  • Naviance Training and Implementation