What is the Role of a School Counselor?
A school counselor works closely with all students in the school. The counseling program is designed to be proactive in nature. The role of the elementary counselor is to guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the near limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community-at-large may have. Specifically, the thrust of the counseling program is defined by three major goals:
- To assist students with personal and academic concerns such as coping with stress, learning to study, and behaving appropriately in class.
- To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills including knowing how to make decisions, developing individual interests and abilities, and learning about jobs and careers.
- To aid students in developing interpersonal skills such as resolving conflicts, communicating with others and understanding how their behavior affects others.
Guidance services are provided by the counselor for all students through individual and/or small group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, appointments with parents, and discussions with teachers.
Parents may call me at any time for a telephone conference or to set up an appointment.
Mary Jo Carpenter
(770) 306-9026 ext. 305