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What is Your School Counselor?

What is a School Counselor?

Guidance and Art Empathy Project

Elementary School Counselors Implement 

the Counseling Program by Providing:

School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills

  • Goal setting and decision-making

  • Career awareness, exploration and planning

  • Education on understanding self and others

  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills

  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution

  • Substance abuse education

  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

  • Individual student planning

Academic planning

  • Goal setting/decision- making

  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses.        

  • Transition plans

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small-group counseling

  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention

  • Conflict resolution

  • Consultation/collaboration

  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development

  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming

  • Program management and operation

Elementary School Counselors 

Collaborate with:


Parent education


Academic planning

College/career awareness programs

One-on-one parent conferencing

Interpretation of assessment results


Classroom guidance activities

Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically

Classroom speakers

At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success


School climate

Behavioral management plans

School-wide needs assessments

Student data and results

Student assistance team building


Peer education

Peer support

Academic support

School climate

Leadership development


Job shadowing, service learning

Crisis interventions


Parenting classes

Support groups

Career education

**These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive

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