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What is a School Counselor?

A (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic, personal/emotional and career success.  According to the ASCA National Model, School Counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:

Direct Student Services:  Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:

  School Counseling Core Curriculum: This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

  Individual Student Planning: School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.

  Responsive Services: Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.

Indirect Student Services: Indirect Services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.


What Type Of Counseling Supports Are Delivered

By A School Counselor?

  • Individual Counseling- A process where a student can discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available in the school setting). Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics,bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Small Group Counseling- A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
  • Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling- School Counselor develops and implements PK-5 classroom curriculum. These classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.


Child Development:

Connect with Kids

Education News Parents Can Use

Sandbox Learning



Developmentally-Appropriate Discipline

Scream- Free Parenting

Keep Kids Healthy/Parenting Styles & Discipline

American Academy of Pediatrics: Discipline Guidelines

List of Children's Books dealing with Counseling topics

Comprehensive List of Parenting/Education organizations

Stress-Free Kids


Minimizing Summer Learning Loss:

Positive Parenting Tips for Summer: American School Counselor Assoc.

Minimizing Summer Learning Loss: MSNBC

101 Worthwhile Summer Activities:


Internet Safety:

Common Sense Media Internet Safety (partner of Nat'l Center for Missing/Exploited Children)


Study Skills:

How To

Resources for Parents: Homework Help

Good Homework Habits


Diverse Populations/ Special Needs:

Maryland Disability Resources List

Overcoming Shyness in Young Children

Childhood Depression: AACAP

Friendship Puzzle

Autism Speaks

MD Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health

MD Energy Assistance Program

Computers for Families in Need

Lance Armstrong & PBS Arthur: Talking w/kids about cancer

CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

MSDE ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Resource Site


Military Active Duty/National Guard/Reservist Family Support:

Military Child Coalition (MCEC) -ensures quality educational opportunities for

military children

Military One Source (MOS) -free counseling, legal, accounting,

clergy services, etc.

Our Military Kids -provides $500 grant for extra-curricular activities

National Guard Programs for Educators and Parents

Courage Lions -visit children in crisis




All Kids Grieve

ADEC (Grief Education/Counseling)



Transitioning to Middle School:

PBS Kids: Middle School Transitions

Smoothing your Child's Transition to Middle School Making the Transition to Middle School

North Carroll Middle School Web Page

National Middle School Association- Transitioning to Middle School


Great "EI" (emotional intelligence) Website Resources for Kids

(more to come!):

The Feelings Game

Kidvision Feelings-Fun

PBS Kids: Arthur's Feelings Game

Julia's Rainbow Corner: Feelings Game


Character Education

"Bucketfillers 101": Kindness and Respect

Teaching Tolerance: Diversity Acceptance


Counseling Resources in Carroll County (more to come!):

Carroll County Youth Service Bureau

Carroll County Community Mediation

Get Connected Family Resource Center

Carroll County Human Services Programs

Carroll County Bereavement Support




Professional School Counselors are uniquely trained

leaders who promote success for all students.

They collaborate with school stakeholders using data-driven

decisions to facilitate the success of the 21st century

learner in an ever changing society. As a result the student will:

  • achieve to his/her maximum potential
  • demonstrate academic, career-related, personal, and social

problem-solving skills

  • recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
  • develop citizenship, communication, and employability skills

to make positive contributions to the community

  • access human and technological resources for support

and information