VSH Counseling Team
About School Counseling
West Ada School District Counseling Services
School counselors are vital members of the education team found in each West Ada school building. Through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors assist all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, to ensure that today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and guidance curriculum. School counselors also help connect students and their families to a variety of community resources.
Each school counselor or school social worker has a Pupil Personnel Certificate from the Idaho State Department of Education. The minimum education requirement for this certificate is a master’s degree in school counseling or social work.
The School Counselor:
- Promotes a safe, caring, climate and a positive school experience for all students
- Guides and supports students with personal, social, and academic goals
- Encourages students to have healthy perceptions of themselves
- Inspires students to show kindness, respect, and empathy toward others
- Advocates for students, and empowers students to make positive choices, by using appropriate tools for problem-solving and decision making
The Role of the School Counselor:
- Offers short-term, solution focused, individual and group counseling (group counseling is based on availability).
- Teaches whole group class lessons with district approved curriculum
- Observes students in various settings
- Consults and collaborates with parents, staff, students, and community agencies
- Provides community referrals and resources for families
- Coordinates Section 504 Accommodation Plans
- Provides support during a crisis
The School Counselor's Referral Process:
- Referrals typically come from parents, staff, and students
- Students can stop by the counselor’s office (with teacher permission), and fill out a request slip, or bring their own note, and place it in the counselor’s confidential mailbox. Or, students can ask their teacher to contact the school counselor for them
- Staff and parents may contact the counselor at any time via phone or email
- What you say in here stays in here UNLESS:
- You threaten to hurt someone...
- You plan to hurt yourself...
- Someone has hurt you...
- You have broken the law...
- You give us permission to share with other trusted adults...