How does one get in touch with a school counselor?

Students and families can request to see a counselor by completing the "I Want to Talk to a School Counselor" form.   You can also contact Ms. Glaze at glazema@pwcs.edu or (571) 295-5471 or Ms. Mack at mackgr@pwcs.edu.  

Who do the school counselors work with?

All students! School counselors work with all students when they provide monthly classroom lessons to each class.  The topics of each lesson will vary depending on grade level and class needs.  Over the course of the school year, the classroom lessons will cover topics relating to academic success, social/emotional skills, and college/career readiness. 

The school counselors also offer optional small groups to all students.  The topic and purpose of each group will vary depending on student needs.  To participate in a group, parents/guardians will complete a permission slip that will be provided by, and returned to, the school counselors. 

The school counselors may meet with students individually if a request is made by a student, teacher, or parent/guardian.  If the student needs to be seen individually for multiple sessions (more than 3), the school counselors may send home a permission slip in order to continue working individually with a student.  The school counselors may also work to connect the family with outside resources.  

It is important to note that school counseling services are not considered to be therapy or special education.  


What is the Role of a School Counselor?

The role of a school counselor is to develop and deliver a developmental and comprehensive school counseling program which facilitates the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students.  This is accomplished by working with students individually, in small groups, and through monthly classroom lessons.  The school counselor also collaborates with stakeholders including parents, guardians, staff, and members of the community in order to remove barriers to student achievement and success.  

School counselors in PWCS develop their comprehensive school counseling programs based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)  National Model.  The ASCA National Model is comprised of a foundation, delivery, management, and accountability system.  Using this model, school counselors collect and rely on data to determine the needs of their students and to drive their interventions and program.  


  


What about confidentiality?

A.2.b “The professional school counselor keeps information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. Counselors will consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.” ~Ethical Standards for School Counselors, American School Counselor Association

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