ANSWERS TO THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT
WHAT IS SCHOOL COUNSELING?
School counseling is developmental in that is, it focuses on the needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth. There are objectives, activities, and special services, with an emphasis on helping students to learn more effectively and efficiently. There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the optimal development of human potential.
WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
The school counselor is a certified professional educator who helps students develop their educational, social, career, and personal strengths, and to become responsible and productive citizens. The primary focus is always on problem solving, decision-making, and discovering personal meaning, as it relates to learning and confidential relationship with their students. School counselors are human behavior and relationship specialists who provide counseling, consultation, and coordination services to students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
WHERE CAN THE STUDENT SEE THE COUNSELOR?
A student can see the counselor in just about any appropriate place, including the counselor's office, classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and outside on school grounds.
HOW DOES A STUDENT GET TO SEE THE COUNSELOR?
A student should ask for permission from the teacher to see a counselor or ask for assistance from the counselor directly.
HOW DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT CURRENT TRENDS IN SCHOOL COUNSELING?
- In-service training sessions
- Workshops and seminars
- Conventions and conferences
- Regular inter-school counselor meetings
- County, state, and national counselor association meetings
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
- Graduate level study in an approved school counseling program
- State of Florida certification in guidance and counseling
WE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE IN ROOM 159 TO ACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH OUR COUNSELING
STAFF AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE!