MVHS Counseling Department

Dare to Dream

What is the Role of School Counselors?

School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success (Lapan, Gysbers, & Kayson, 2007; Stone & Dahir, 2006). Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, school counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. School counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community (Sandhu, 2000) and address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program (Lee, 2001).


Direct student services including:

  • school counseling
  • core curriculum instruction – direct instruction, team teaching, developing learning activities

  • group activities – planned activities outside the classroom promoting academic, career or social/emotional development
  • individual student planning
  • appraisal – assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills and achievement
  • advisement – assist students in goal setting based on academic, career and social/emotional data
  • responsive services
  • counseling – in individual or small group settings school counselors provide planned, short-term and goal-focused counseling. 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 to assist students and families seeking resources.
  • crisis response – provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations

Indirect student services including:

  • consultation – share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations
  • collaboration – work with other educators, parents and the community to support student achievement
  • referrals – support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.

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