What Is School Counseling?
What does a school counselor do? Put simply, they provide a variety of resources to help improve student outcomes. A school counselor’s duties and responsibilities focus on helping all students succeed both academically and emotionally. A school counselor’s job has many facets, from helping individual students set academic goals to referring students and families to agencies that can provide long-term support for specific needs.
Depending upon the student’s needs, a counselor’s role may range from dealing with attendance issues or bullying to providing guidance about careers a student might be interested in after high school graduation.
Counselors may provide students with individual counseling on emotional, mental health or interpersonal issues, or they may conduct small-group sessions. They also help identify and advocate for students who need additional academic support. While social work vs. counseling duties differ, school counselors may sometimes refer a student and the student’s family to community agencies for additional services, just as a social worker might do.