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School counselor responsibilities

  • School counselors develop confidential relationships with students to help them resolve and/or cope with problems and developmental concerns.
  • School counselors work with students, parents, faculty, staff, and other community members to foster student learning.
  • School counselors work to establish and maintain a safe, supportive, positive, and productive learning environment for all students.
  • School counselors uphold  the ethical and professional standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA).
  • School counselors develop, implement, and evaluate the BCHS comprehensive school counseling program in accordance with professional school counseling standards and philosophy. The school counselor mission statement supports the school’s and district’s mission.
  • School counselors collaborate with other individuals and organizations to promote all students’ academic, career and personal/social development.
  • School counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents and guardians, school staff, and school stakeholders in the community. 
  • School counselors provide Individual Student Planning to help students establish personal, academic, and career goals.
  • School counselors provide Responsive Services, which is prevention and intervention to meet students’ immediate and future needs due to events and conditions in students’ lives and the school. These services could include:
    • individual or small group counseling
    • consulting with parents, teachers and other educators
    • making referrals to other school support services or community resources
    • advocating for students and causes
  • School counselors provide a School Guidance Curriculum, lessons to present developmentally appropriate knowledge, competencies, and skills.
  • School counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.
  • School counselors incorporate organizational processes and tools that reflect the school’s needs.
  • School counselors develop and implement data/needs-driven, standards-based and research-supported programs, and engage in continuous program evaluation activities.