Role of the School Counselor
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. School counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor, who is uniquely trained to implement this program. (From the American School Counselor Association, 2016)
School Counseling Services
The school counseling program at Page Middle School is a comprehensive developmental program that supports the school’s mission to prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible members of society.
In our proactive approach to meeting state school counseling and career guidance standards, we implement a classroom guidance curriculum, coordinate testing, and lead school-wide character education and anti-bullying efforts. The counselors are available to consult with parents and teachers to find ways to enhance student success. We frequently make referrals to the school social worker to help parents get connected to resources in the community. We also provide the responsive services listed below.
Counselors meet with students for confidential individual counseling to address academic, personal, and career concerns. Parents and teachers may refer students, but many students come in on their own. By helping students to identify their own personal strengths, we work with students on learning how to make decisions, set goals, overcome obstacles, and cope with challenges.
Classroom Guidance provides a school-wide approach to proactively address issues that are relevant to students’ academic, social, and emotional concerns. Some of the topics include learning styles, study skills, decision-making skills, resistance to peer pressure, career exploration, and high school registration.
If your child is having difficulty succeeding in the classroom, the first thing to do is contact his or her teachers. It may be helpful to set up a conference with them to discuss concerns and talk about ways to address the problem. If your child continues to experience difficulty, you should contact your child’s counselor to discuss your concerns. Additional student support services may be needed and can be provided to students meeting specific eligibility criteria.
School counselors can make referrals to both the school social worker and the school psychologist. The school psychologist provides a variety of services including but not limited to: administering and interpreting psychological and educational evaluations; participating in screening programs which identify students with special needs. The school social worker provides a variety of services including but not limited to: crisis intervention; acting as a liaison between school and community agencies. Contact your child’s assigned counselor if you would like additional information.