The Role

The Role of a Professional School Counselor

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The elementary years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent, and confident learners. Through a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program, the counselor works as a team with students, their families, and PCE staff to address the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.

School Counselors are specially trained educators with a master's degree in counseling. Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. We are able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. We are a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide screening and band aids but refers out for more serious problems. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. If there are concerns that need more consistent and comprehensive services beyond one or two meetings, we would be happy to provide resources for nearby therapists and agencies in our community that specialize in helping school-aged children. 

The counseling position at PCE was created thanks to funding from the passing of 5A & 5B in Douglas County. Since the role is so new, I want to ensure it is meeting the needs of our students! Please reach out anytime with question or concerns. 

More Information:

The Role of a School Counselor (ASCA)
Research Supporting the Role of a School Counselor (ASCA)
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