The Importance of School Counselors and Healthy Children in Our Changing World
- By age 21, today's young people have faced more decisions than their grandparents faced in a lifetime.
- One out of five families move each year, forcing children to get adjusted to new environments (social, academic, community, etc.).
- Students are faced with making career and educational decisions to meet the demands of increasing standards.
- Young people face increasing violence in our society and in their schools.
- Some young people face hopelessness that can lead to self-destructive behavior.
Young adolescents affected by these and other problems are not able to achieve at their full academic potential. The counselor's primary task is to help them become better learners by providing a comprehensive program that includes responsive services, individual planning, systems support and a guidance curriculum.
How Our Counselors Help Students
- Encourage positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community
- Counsel students, individually and in groups, to encourage understanding and appreciation for their unique attributes and qualities
- Promote personal and social growth
- Support students in developing an individual plan for academic success (i.e., 4-year plan, career development, annual personal and academic goals)
- Develop and deliver classroom lessons that teach skills related to character education development, anti-bullying behaviors, techniques for making healthy decisions, and methods for resolving conflicts
- Challenge students to become invested in their school success by providing instruction on how school performance relates to career opportunities and personal development
- work collaboratively with students, parents, and teachers to identify and remove barriers that may impede student achievement
What Our Counselors Know About Early Adolescents
- It is an important transition period, which is a normal part of the developmental process
- They benefit most from a team effort involving teachers, parents, students and administrators which can increase their focus on life-long learning
- They must develop a healthy self-concept and motivation for learning in order to increase successes during this critical transition period
- They greatly benefit from positive learning environments