A School CounselorWHO IS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?* A NYS certified, specially educated and caring professional.* A school person who provides guidance to all students.* A resource person, facilitator, teacher.* A person who helps teachers, parents, administrators and students.* Student advocatesWHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?* Provide indivdual and group counseling to students with academic, social, behavioral and crisis issues.* Helps identify needs of students.* Promotes positive attitudes and values among students.* Aids teachers and parents in helping students succeed.* Help students develop and build self-understanding and self-awareness.* Help students relate to others.* Serve as a bridge between home, school and community resources.* Maintains confidences.* Conducts classroom guidance activities.HOW DOES A STUDENT SEE A COUNSELOR?* Teacher or other staff referral* Parent referral* Administrative referral* CST or CSE referral* Self Referral (by asking the teacher to see the counselor)We are located in room 221 (across from the computer lab)WITH WHOM DOES A COUNSELOR CONSULT?* Teachers* Parents* Administrators* Community AgenciesNot all issues are appropriate for counseling in a school setting. At times, we do refer parents to outside agencies for more intense or specific counseling.WHO SEEKS HELP FROM THE COUNSELOR?Students...* I'm new and can't seem to make friends.* I don't seem to be getting along with my parents.* I get picked on a lot on my bus and I don't know what to do.* I don't have a problem, I just wanted to tell someone that my dog died.* I just have to talk to someone that will listen to me and not laugh.* My parents aren't together anymore and it upsets me.Parents...* We don't seem to be able to communicate with Suzie.* Our son never seems to listen and we needs some ideas on how to get through to him.* Jim has been bullied and needs to develop some coping skills.* Toni's grandfather passed away and she needs someone to talk to.