If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact Pathways of Idaho Community Crisis Center at (833)-527-4747 or visit Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255.
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What is a School Counselor
Counseling Service include:
- Academic Guidance and Counseling (What classes should I take? I’m struggling in class, please help me.)
- Career Guidance and Counseling (What should I be when I grow up? What education path is best for me?)
- Personal/Social Guidance and Counseling, which assist students to understand themselves, the rights and needs of others, conflict resolution and encourages individual goal setting.
- Counselors may also conduct classroom observations, consult and collaborate with parents, staff and families, provide support during a crisis, provide community referrals and resources for families and coordinate section 504 accommodation plans.
These services are delivered through:
- Classroom Guidance and Positive Action Lessons. Lessons are conducted or monitored by the counselor in various grade levels to promote academic, personal/social and career development of all students.
- Small Group Counseling allows students to share mutual concerns peers. Emphasis is upon problem solving, goal setting, and the development of positive attitudes and effective personal skills. Group are mainly in two areas of focus, personal/social development, and career and academic development.
- Individual Counseling helps students learn more efficiently and effectively, with solution focused visits and goals/values being the motivator for positive change.
- Referals typically come from parents, staff and students. Students can submit a “Let’s Chat” slip in a locked counselor box located in both Elementary and Middle school hallways, or personally request a visit time. Students may email the counselor or request a staff or parent to email the counselor. Parents or staff may contact the counselor via phone or email.
Confidentiality is important in the counseling relationship. Sometimes, confidentiality must be broken to protect the safety and well-being of each student. These are called exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to report any information that includes:
- You want to harm yourself
- Someone is harming you or has harmed you
- You want to hurt someone else
- Any illegal or sexual activity
If you have any questions about the boundaries of confidentiality, please feel free to contact your school counselor.