School counselors are an important part of the school family and provide valuable assistance to all students regardless of whether they work in an elementary, middle or high school
Counseling programs are typically built on three elements:
Helping students and their parents acquire knowledge of school curricular choices, plan the best program of study and seek post-secondary academic opportunities.
Help to prepare students for life after school by exploring their personal interests and talents while providing information about careers, apprenticeships and post-secondary education.
Assist students in developing an understanding of themselves, knowing the rights and needs of others, resolving conflicts, setting personal goals and reflecting on their interests, abilities and aptitudes.
School Counselors provide these services by:
· Meeting with individual or small groups of students to work out problems and address concerns.
· Consulting with parents, faculty, staff and community agencies in order to best meet the needs of all students
· Conducting classroom guidance lessons to provide students with information relevant to their needs and concerns. These lessons could include topics such as study skills, self-esteem building, career exploration, future educational planning, etc.
· Meeting with small groups of students to meet the needs of a specific population. Such groups may involve students who are dealing with issues such as grief, divorce within the family, friendship difficulties, anger management, etc.
Each Catawba County school has at least one full-time counselor. The counselor is usually the point of contact when a parent has a concern about special services and needs their child might have.