Role of the School Counselor

The Carroll County Public Schools have counseling services available to students in all elementary, middle, and high schools. The role of the counselor is to guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the nearly limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the school community may have. School counselors are vital members of the education team.

The school counseling program in Carroll County is aligned with the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) national model. Each school counselor addresses the three domains of school counseling:

 Academic Development

·       Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.
·       Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
·       Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community.
Career Development
·       Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed decisions.
·       Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
·       Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training, and the world of work.
Personal/Social Development
·       Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
·       Students will make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals.
·       Students will understand safety and survival skills.
Counselors address these goals through the delivery of school counseling components.

The components of the school counseling program are:

  • School Counseling Core Curriculum
  • Individual Student Planning
  • Responsive Services

 


Counseling offers a means for the student to grow in knowledge of self and others, thus enabling the student to develop a sense of responsibility needed to live effectively in the 21st Century. The counselors' functions are varied as they help students better understand themselves and the world around them and to be more receptive to learning in the classroom.

 

Although most counselors provide similar services, some counselors are given the responsibility for specific tasks such as coordinating the testing program, overseeing the peer facilitator program, or serving as the liaison to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center. A listing of specific counselor responsibilities are available from those schools where more than one counselor is employed.

In schools where there is more than one counselor, students are divided among the available counselors. However, if a student and/or parent(s) desires for the student to see a specific counselor, the change in counselor may be arranged by contacting the school counseling department chairperson or the principal. If a student is assigned to a different counselor, the originally designated counselor will continue to maintain the student's school record.

Students may choose to make an appointment with the counselor or the counselor may make an appointment with the student based upon a referral from a teacher, administrator, parent of other individual who makes a legitimate referral. Although students are encouraged to keep appointments, they may decline an appointment by notifying the school counselor or another professional in the school counseling office and stating the reason that the appointment is declined. Classroom lessons taught by school counselors are considered a part of the mandated guidance and counseling program as outlined in the Maryland Code of Regulations (COMAR); therefore, all students are expected to stay in the classroom during these lessons.

Parents and students are urged to contact the school counselor to discuss any area of concern. Questions, concerns, or comments regarding the school counseling program should be directed to the Supervisor of School Counseling, Mrs. Judy Klinger, (410-751-3125) or the building principal.