What is the first thing thatcomes to mind when you hear the term “school counselor” ?
SCHOOL COUNSELOR AS DEFINED BY WIKIPEDIA.. A school counselor is a counselor and an educator who works in elementary, middle, and high schools to provide academic, career, and college access, and personal/social competencies to K-12 students. The interventions used include developmental school counseling curriculum lessons and annual planning for every student, as well as group and individual counseling.
SCHOOL COUNSELORS DO FACE STUDENT’S SERIOUS EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS BUT THEY ALSO DEAL WITH... School related issues Common personal problems academic problems disputes with teachers career decisions problems at part time jobs course difficulties family dynamic imbalances college applications self esteem issues school-wide initiatives problems with friends introducing new students anxieties and stress
BREAKING THE BONDSchool counselors are sometimes faced with potentially harmful situations in which they must break their bondof established confidentiality. These include situations in which some clear and imminent danger is apparent to the student.
TWEET TWEET GOOD @GOOD Want safer schools? L.A. school board member @lausd_zimmer makes the case for hiring more counselors instead of police: http://bit.ly/11WqDbV "GOOD“ : a global community centered in Los Angeles CA which works towards individual and collective progress. This particular tweet references an article depicting the opinion of LA school board member Steve Zimmer, regarding school safety in the wake of theNewtown Connecticut shooting. Zimmer promotes the placement of more school counselors, rather than an increase in police presence. The issue of safety inschools has become a national dispute over what methods of prevention shouldbe taken. Rather than place more police officers in school classrooms, the focus should be on SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) models. Social-Emotional development is even more crucial than cognitive development, Zimmer argues, and not only do strong social skills address the issue of violence, but they also encourage students to reach their full potential.
In your opinion, do you agreewith Steve Zimmer’s claims? Can violence be prevented with the increased presence of school counselors, rather than police?
TO SUM IT ALL UP... school counselors do not “solve” every problem school counselors do not deal with emotional problems exclusively school counselors do not only address issues that have already occurred the job of a school counselor is not easy Instead they... work with students to create their own solutions deal with an array of academic and personal issues work on preventative measures to avoid problems in the future have the potential to save someone’s lifeSeeking the advice of a school counselor is never a sign of weakness.