Happy National School Counseling Week 2018!
Do you know the difference between a SCHOOL counselor and a GUIDANCE counselor? Most people don't!
Previously, counselors that worked in school systems were called "guidance counselors" because they helped to "guide" students to college by writing letters of recommendation, sending transcripts, etc.
Today, school counselors' roles and training have drastically changed. School counselors are highly trained in supporting students in three major areas of development: personal/social, academic, and career. This goes way beyond the "guidance" counselor's original scope of practice.
School counselors play a pivotal role in improving behavior of students, improving academic outcomes, reducing achievement gaps, increasing graduation rates, and supporting students struggling with familial or mental health concerns.
As a profession, we are advocating to bring awareness to the actual skill set of school counselors and the duties/roles that they should play within the school system. One minor step in the right direction is to ensure we refer to our school counselors by the correct title to accurately reflect their training.
Please remind your students to come grab a "star" from my door to draw/write on explaining how school counselors can help them "reach the stars!"
Malia King, WS Guidance Counselor