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The Role of a Counselor

What Does a School Counselor Do?

School Counselor’s Responsibilities

The School Counselor performs the following in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:

  • Individual counseling
  • Small group counseling
  • Planning, development and delivery of the advisory program
  • Observe and gather data about students in multiple school settings
  • Facilitate Student Support Team (SST) meetings
  • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and students
  • Respond to crises or emergency situations
  • Provide information and resources to the NCPA community on topics related to academic, career, and personal/social development.

Counselors help students develop positive attitudes toward self, school, family, and community. We help students explore who they are, what they want to do in the future, and how to achieve their goals. 


What types of things do students meet with counselors about?

  • Academic progress and difficulties

  • Getting involved in school programs and activities

  • High school course planning

  • Establishing, developing, and maintaining relationships with friends

  • Responding to social pressures and making healthy decisions

  • Working and communicating with teachers

  • Mental health (general, or following a specific event)

  • College and career planning

  • Letters of recommendation for admissions into schools and programs


What types of things do parents meet with counselors about?

  • Educational support: Gathering evidence for their student’s academic achievements and difficulties

  • Emotional or mental health questions and concerns

  • Fostering communication and collaborative between home and school to strengthen the student’s support system

  • Understanding their child’s development (academic, socio-emotional, physical, and cognitive)

  • Providing information to help the school better understand your student, so that we can work together to support students’ individual needs.