Counselor's Gazzette

By Ms. Forte & Ms. Milano - April 2014 -

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Counseling Awareness Month is an annual observance that is celebrated in April to educate the public about the role of counselors in helping individuals to live healthier, happier, and more productive lives. It is sponsored by the American Counseling Association (ACA). The theme for this year's observance is "Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence."

What types of degrees and certifications do counselors need?

All professional counselors need a master's or doctoral degree in counseling, but specific counseling degree focus and certifications depends on the specialty. School counselors need to be certified/licensed by a state education department to work in a public school. Counselors working in mental health settings (mental health centers, college counseling centers, hospitals, substance abuse centers, etc.) need to be licensed in their state as a professional counselor. Rehabilitation counselors typically need to be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, especially if they work in the traditional setting of a state Office for Vocational Rehabilitation.

What are some of the different areas of counseling services?

The most common specialties are school counseling, mental health counseling, college counseling, couples and family counseling, rehabilitation counseling, career counseling and substance abuse counseling.

Is what I say in counseling private and confidential?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of counseling and all HIPAA privacy rules apply. Counselors do honor confidentiality with exceptions for minors in danger and for clients who show potential to harm themselves or others (i.e. we break confidentiality to protect life).

Is counseling covered by health insurance?

Counseling is covered by health insurance in most states. To be reimbursed, the visit must be with a licensed professional counselor. If the state is a two-tier license state, the counselor will need to be licensed at the higher independence practice level.

Student success should be each teacher's number one priority. Success can be measured in many ways. For some students, success will be getting a good grade in your class. For other students, success might be increased involvement in class or improved grades. Teachers must help each student attain their full potential, no matter how success is measured. Following are a number of strategies that teachers can employ to help achieve this.

1. Have High Expectations

2. Create Effective Classroom Procedures to Keep Disruptions to a Minimum

3. Continually Grow in Your Profession

4. Help Students Move Up Through Bloom's Taxonomy

5. Vary Your Instructional Techniques

6. Apply Effective Classroom Management Skills

7. Be Transparent With Students About How to Succeed

8. Truly Believe in Your Students and Want Them to Succeed