Did you know your student has access to a licensed school counselor during the school year? Here are some ways you and your student can connect with the school counselor:
How to make a referral
There are multiple ways for students and parents to connect with the school counselor:
- Students may approach the counselor during non-instructional times i.e. breakfast, lunch, arrival and dismissal, before or after classroom guidance lessons.
- Students may leave a written note in my mailbox located in the main office.
- Students may tell their teacher they would like to speak with me – our teachers are fantastic at communicating these needs!
- Students may send me an email. Please be aware these emails will only be read during school hours.
- Students can ask their parents to contact the counselor.
- Parents may call or email the counselor to refer their student.
- Parents may call the counselor to set up an individual meeting to discuss student needs.
- Parents may contact their student’s teacher.
- Staff may refer students through email, phone, or direct communication with the counselor.
When should I call the school counselor?
- If there is something happening at home that may affect your child at school such as a death in the family, divorce/separation, loss of home etc.
- If you have a particular concern that you would like the school to monitor
- If you need feedback about your child’s behavior at school
- If you are in need of resources for your student/family.
When should I expect a call from the counselor?
- You should expect a call from the counselor if your child’s behavior is repeatedly brought to their attention or if your student discusses a problem or concern in which parent involvement is needed.
What role does confidentiality play in school counseling?
Professional school counselors must adhere to ethical and legal guidelines when maintaining confidentiality, or privacy. What is shared in individual and small group counseling is not to be shared with other students or faculty members. Confidentiality is extremely important in counseling as it allows the counselor to maintain a safe space where students feel comfortable sharing their feelings, opinions, and problems. There are three scenarios in which counselors are legally required to break confidentiality:
- If a student is a danger to themselves.
- If a student is a danger to others.
- If a student is in danger.