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The role of the school counselor

School counselors are licensed educators who specialize in addressing the needs of all students in the areas of academic, career/college, and personal/social development. District 196 has school counselors at the middle and high school levels.

What do school counselors do?

Using guidelines from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), school counselors design and implement comprehensive school counseling programs within their schools that are data-driven and results-focused. Counselors work with students through individual meetings, small groups and classroom settings.

A sample of counseling activities include:

  • Academic counseling
  • Career exploration
  • Chemical violation counseling
  • Community resources referrals
  • Credit recovery advisement
  • Crisis intervention and counseling
  • Goal setting
  • Individual counseling
  • Mental health referrals
  • Staff and parent consultation
  • Student disability support
  • Support groups

Counseling curriculum

District 196 school counselors have developed a specific counseling curriculum that all students complete in grades 6-12. Each year students must meet specific milestones that align with ASCA standards.

Middle school
High school

*Specific activities may vary based on student and/or school needs.

School counseling outcomes

Schools with fully implemented school counseling programs see:

  • increased student achievement
  • increased collaboration between parents, school, and the community
  • increased post secondary school enrollments and success rates
  • decreased discipline problems and dropout rates
  • improved standardized test scores
  • improved attendance
  • improved academic grades
  • improved coping skills

(Based on the ASCA National Model, 2012)