What is a School Counselor?

The Role of the School Counselor at BIS

  • To work with all students

  • To conduct classroom lessons on various topics

  • To provide individual and small group counseling

  • To be a liaison between outside agencies and parents/staff

  • To provide consultation, resources, and support for parents, staff, and teachers

  • To sponsor school wide programs

  • To conduct workshops for teachers and parents

  • To drive all levels of interventions from school data

  • Crisis management

  • Assist with scheduling

A child may see the counselors for:

  • Improving self-concept

  • Managing conflicts with friends

  • Self-expression

  • Voicing and solving family concerns

  • Academic problems or underachievement

  • Fears and anxiety

  • Physical concerns

  • Learning difficulties

  • Just to talk

  • To share good news! :)

Students will see the counselor during classroom lessons, school functions, and in the hallways. In addition, students can see the counselor when they are referred by: 

  • Themselves

  • Teachers

  • Parents

  • Administrators

  • Special services

  • Friends

Qualifications of a School Guidance Counselor

School counselors are required to have (at minimum) a Master’s degree in school counseling from an accredited university and be appropriately certified through the Maine Department of Education. School counselors also adhere to the educational and ethical standards provided by the Biddeford School Department, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and the American Counseling Association (ACA). BIS aims to enable each and every student to achieve success.

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