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What Does a Counselor Do?

By Diane Gomez

Many people may wonder what a counselor's job is like from day to day. Some people may imagine that a counselor's primary job is focused on schedule changes and working with discipline issues in school. However, today's school counselors are an integral member of the school wide education team. Today's school counselors not only help students reach their highest potential academically, but developmentally on a personal and social level as well. School counselors are also one of the most important facilitators of career development for students. According to the American School Counselor Association, middle school counselors specifically provide...


School Guidance Curriculum

  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning

  • Goal-setting/decision making
  • Student Planning
  • Goal-setting/decision-making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning

Responsive Services

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support

  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
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