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Counseling Services
Posted On: 8/24/2013


What do elementary school counselors do?

  • Teach classroom guidance lessons  
  • Facilitate short-term small group counseling  
  • Provide immediate and short-term individual counseling  
  • Work collaboratively with teachers and staff  
  • Consult with parents  
  • Provide information and/or referrals for community resources to families



Why do we need elementary school counselors?


  • A deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, increase enthusiasm for learning, reduce behavior problems, and enhance cognitive functioning.
  • Students who receive social skills instruction do better academically and socially but the reverse is not true (academic instruction does not increase social/emotional skills).
  • There is a strong connection between emotions and learning. Students who can recognize and manage strong emotions are better learners.
  • Students who attend schools with a comprehensive guidance program do significantly better on standardized tests such as the ITBS and STAAR than students who attend schools without a comprehensive guidance program. The longer the students are in schools with comprehensive guidance programs, the more they outperform their peers on standardized tests.
  • Prosocial behaviors exhibited by students in the classroom were found to be better predictors of academic achievement than were their standardized test scores.



Here is a short video about what school counselors do: