School counselors work with students, teachers, staff, and parents to prepare students for their future. School counselors assist students with social/emotional challenges, academic issues, and help students build career and college readiness skills.
School counseling services include: classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, short-term individual counseling, parent consultation, parent education, and community resource referrals.
The Role of the School Counselor:
- Promote a safe and caring environment for all students.
- Supports students with personal, social & academic goals
- Mediate conflicts among students to find safe and healthy resolutions
- Offer short-term, solution-focused, individual and group counseling
- Teach whole group class lessons with district approved curriculum
- Observe students in various settings
- Consult and collaborate with parents, staff, and community agencies
- Provide community referrals and resources for families
- 504 Accommodation Case Manager
- Provide support during a crisis
- Referrals for students to see the school counselor typically come from the counselor, students, teachers, staff, or parents
- Students can fill out a counselor slip, found in each classroom or in the clear plastic holder on the counselor's office door, and then drop it in the blue mailbox next to the counselor's office to be picked up
- Parents can fill out an online parent referral form under the Individual Counseling link on the CDSA counseling website page
- Students can fill out an online counselor slip in the counselor's virtual office found under the Virtual Counseling Office link on the CDSA counseling website page
- Staff and parents may contact the counselor at any time via phone or email
- Please Note: School counselors do not provide on-going individual counseling or therapy in the school setting. Referrals to outside agencies and services are available for your child upon request for a wide range of mental health or situational concerns.
Typical Reasons to Visit the School Counselor:
- Handling feelings
- A school related problem
- A family issue
- Friendship assistance
- Reporting a concern
- New to the school
- Peer Conflict vs Bullying
Counseling & Confidentiality:
Information a student shares with the counselor is confidential. The student's right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school policies. As required by law, there are limits to confidentiality. A school counselor is obligated to release confidential information when:
- The child is in imminent danger
- The child is threatening to harm himself/herself or someone else
- The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect
- The student has broken the law
- There is a court order to provide testimony of student records
Please Note: When necessary, a report is made to appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents depending on the situation. Additionally, information may be shared with a school administrator if student behavior is a violation of school policy.
Statement of Confidentiality: The counseling relationship between students and their school counselor requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence. Students will be informed that exceptions to confidentiality exist in which counselors must inform others of information they obtained in the counseling relationship in order to prevent serious and foreseeable harm to students themselves or others, or if the information is legally required to be shared.