School counselors help students learn about career and education choices. They also counsel students about personal problems.
Elementary, middle, and high school counselors help students deal with personal and social problems. They work with students individually or in small groups.
Counselors also advise students about:
- College testing
- Financial aid
- Joining the military
School counselors meet with faculty and staff to explain available counseling services. They attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops.
Counselors identify and report possible cases of neglect or abuse. They meet with parents, teachers, and school administrators. They counsel students and teach classes on dealing with anger and bullying. They also provide information on drug and alcohol prevention.
High school career counselors run career centers and provide information about colleges and training programs. They talk with students about their goals for the future. Sometimes they give students tests to get more information about their interests and abilities. Counselors review school records to make sure students are taking classes they need to graduate and meet their goals.