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School counselors provide integral link to student success

National School Counseling Week

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Ask any student or parent, and they will confirm that school counselors can have tremendous impact on student success. National School Counseling Week is celebrating their impact on public education throughout this week.
Douglas County School District’s Chief Student Advocacy Officer, Jason Germain, says that the National School Counseling Week, “provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century."
School counselors are responsible for providing a comprehensive counseling program that provides academic, social and emotional support to students in public school. Among their many responsibilities, they work diligently to provide universal, targeted, and intensive interventions to students while playing a role in student advocacy, crisis intervention and prevention and the facilitation of student transitions.
They are also actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents. Counselors work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world, and focus on finding positive ways to enhance the educational and career development of students.
Rock Canyon High School Principal Andy Abner is passionate about the importance of counselors at his school. “They help students grow to their full potential in a variety of ways, whether its helping students discern and make choices about their future, or intervening when students are struggling academically. When students experience personal or social problems, our counselors step in to help students get back to a better place so they can return to being successful.  Counselors are essential and integral to meeting a variety of student and family needs."

"Being a school counselor takes a dedicated educator who places the needs of the student in the forefront of every decision they make,” says Germain. “This challenging role in our system requires the highest level of communication and collaboration with the benefit or outcome being a more personalized learning experience and increased advocacy for the student."  
According to Andy Abner, his counselors have been frequently asked to help with grief counseling, substance abuse issues, debilitating emotional issues and struggles with self worth that would cripple the future of students.
“I cannot imagine a high school without the support of counseling.”

February 3, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Mental Health Intervention

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