Responsibilities of School Counselors

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Primary Function
• To provide a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program for all children in elementary schools
• To consult with teachers, parents/guardians, and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students
• To provide support to other education programs in the elementary schools

Major Responsibilities
Implementing the comprehensive developmental elementary guidance and counseling program.

Examples of key duties:
1. Conducting guidance activities in each teacher’s classroom and/or systematically conducting developmental counseling groups for each grade level throughout the year• consulting with and/or providing resources to teachers to facilitate their instruction of counseling content and to infuse counseling content into the regular education curriculum
2. Counseling individual and small groups of students in their academic development; in their career awareness; and in their development of life skills
3. Counseling individual and small groups of children toward personal, social, and emotional growth and development 
4. Consulting with and training teachers, parents/guardians, and staff regarding children’s needs 
 5. Referring children and their families to special programs, specialists, and community agencies when appropriate 
6. Participating in, coordinating, and conducting activities that contribute to the effective operation of the counseling program and the school  
7. Participating in the intervention-team process and/or as a member of the school’s student support teams. The system support component includes indirect guidance management activities that maintain and enhance the total guidance and counseling program. The responsibilities of guidance counselor in this component encompass staff and community relations, special research projects, committees, professional development, and student support teams. 
8. Planning and evaluating the counseling program
9. Pursuing continuous professional growth 


MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Primary Function
• To provide a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program for all middle-level students
• To consult with teachers, parents/guardians, and staff to enhance their effectiveness in helping students
• To provide support to other middle-level educational programs

Major Responsibilities
1. Implementing the middle-level school guidance curriculum through coordination and/or delivery of classroom units and infusion in content areas
2. Counseling individuals and groups of students toward academic and career development
3. Counseling individuals and groups of students toward personal/social development and emotional growth
4. Consulting with and training teachers, parents/guardians, and staff regarding the needs of middle-level students
5. Referring students and their families to special programs, specialists, and community agencies when appropriate
7. Participating in the intervention-team process and/or working with the school’s student support team
8. Planning and evaluating the counseling program attending district, state and locally sponsored staff-development offerings
9. Pursuing continuous professional growth