Role of the Counselor
The counselor is an integral part of a healthy and positive school environment. The role of the counselor is crucial in establishing a healthy, safe, respectful and positive learning environment for all students and staff.
Counselors work with all students to help them succeed in school and after graduation. Counselors open pathways to learning and success after graduation by helping students with their academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs throughout their school years, from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
First comes safety. All school personnel are responsible for looking out for the well-being of students. This includes being sensitive to signs that a student might have mental health distress. Counselors, specifically, have the responsibility to assess students for risk and ensure that they get linked with the appropriate level of care. You can review here: Suicide policy and protocol, Columbia Toolkit for Suicide Assessment, Behavioral Health emergency procedures
School Counselors also focus on college and career readiness. Naviance is a college and career readiness solution that helps align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. School District of Philadelphia students in grades 6-12 have access to Naviance, and counselors can assist students to use this important tool. The Office of College and Career Readiness assists counseling staff in preparing students for college and careers.