- Referring parents and students to external resources outside the school for any extra support
- Identify and report any possible cases of abuse or neglect
- Teaching classes on topics such as careers after graduation, planning for college, drug abuse or bullying
- Developing strategies with parents, administrators and teachers to help the students succeed
- Evaluating the students’ interests and abilities through interviews and aptitude tests
- Helping students set up realistic career and academic goals and developing a plan to attain them
- Working with students to develop skills such as effective study habits, time management and organization.
- Providing small group counseling and individual counseling based on the students’ needs
- Helping the students understand and get through behavioral or social problems through individual counseling and group counseling
QualificationsMost school counselors are required to have a master’s degree in school counseling or any other related field. School counseling programs teach their students about adopting academic development, performing individual and group counseling and working in coordination with the school staff, the teachers as well as the parents. Such programs at times require their students to gain their experience through practicum or an internship. In order to practice, school counselors must have approved credentials which can be called endorsements, licenses or certificates based on the jurisdiction. Most places will need a criminal background check involved in the credentialing process. School counselors work in public and private schools at every level. They usually have private offices which enable them to have confidential conversations with the students. They typically work full time and when school is not in session they have their summers off.
TJ is a managing partner of USA-LEADS. USA-LEADS creates comprehensive and informative websites for individuals looking for educational information about the requirements and certifications needed in a given field. He has been in the digital space since 2009 and quickly went from having ZERO knowledge of all things internet to becoming the Director of Web Services at a custom software development company. Prior to entering the space he taught children with learning differences for 9 years.