National School Counseling Week
Purpose of National School Counseling Week
It is our opportunity to tell everyone what it is school counselors do and to show the value of every student having access to a school counselor. Here are some facts about School Counselors and what we do:
- The correct title for us is "School Counselor." Why? Because the title "guidance counselor" is very outdated, and was given to the people solely focused on class selection and college/career preparation. School Counselors are trained and educated in so much more - we are skilled in counseling strategies and are focused on all students' social and emotional growth.
- School Counselors have national standards to teach too! Our standards come from the American School Counselor Association(ASCA) National Model. The standards we teach fall into three main categories: personal/social, academic, and career. We can serve students in K-12.
- School Counselors follow ethical guidelines in all the work we do. One of the biggest ethical considerations we must abide by is confidentiality. We must respect the privacy of the students and families we serve, while sharing what others need to know"in order to best help our students.
- School Counselors are required to hold a Masters degree in school counseling. However, our pay scale is the same as a teacher.
2016 Theme: School Counseling : The Recipe for Success
I have placed a 30 day HAPPY TEACHER Challenge in your boxes for all staff. Thought it would be a fun activity for us all to do for the month of February.
I will share information over WGLN for students.