Why Elementary Counselors?

The following is a description of the role of a school counselor in an elementary school setting that was excerpted from the American School Counseling Association website:

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

Elementary School Counselors

Implement the Counseling Program

by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • See Guidance Curriculum Tab for a list of guidance lesson topics.

Individual Student Planning

  • Academic planning
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Goal setting/decision-making
  • Transition plans

Responsive Services

  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming