Counselors Help Students Learn
Each school of Loudoun County Public Schools has a school guidance and counseling program. Certified counselors are responsible for the organization and management of guidance services in the school.
Counselors work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed in school and prepare for meaningful, productive living. Guidance services are child-centered, developmental, and preventive, and encourage students' academic, social/ emotional, and career awareness at each stage of their development.
Guidance services are inclusive and respectful of student and staff differences in gender, religion, ethnicity, race, ability, handicapping condition, and age.
What Are the Objectives of the Guidance and Counseling Program?
The Loudoun County guidance and counseling program provides the students education in
- becoming self-directive and responsible for their behavior in relation to academic achievement;
- developing positive feelings toward their school environment;
- fostering and supporting responsible behavior and safety;
- understanding the relationship between personal qualities, education, and the world of work;
- understanding the character traits consistent with Loudoun County Public Schools' Character Education program;
- developing problem solving, decision making and coping skills; understanding and respecting themselves and others;
- maintaining effective relationships with peers and adults;
- developing effective communication skills; and
- planning for further education.
What Does a School Counselor Do?
- Counsels with students individually and/or in groups with signed parental permission
- Provides systematic and developmental classroom guidance to all students
- Responds to student needs in crisis situations
- Orients students to new school settings
- Works with absentees, potential dropouts and other at-risk students
- Participates actively in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
- Participates actively in the referral process of students and/or parents to services and agencies outside the school
- Analyzes test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
- Coordinates efforts with other school specialists
- Conducts conferences with parents
- Facilitates parent discussion groups
- Helps with individual school, college and career plans
- Coordinates with post-secondary institutions to facilitate college attendance
- Coordinates staff support activities
- Adheres to ethical and legal standards
How Is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?
- Teacher, administrator or staff referral
- Parent referral
- Counselor observation
Why Do Parents Contact a School Counselor?
- Academic achievement
- New school registration, orientation and transition
- Test Interpretation
- Special needs of students
- Student crisis situations
- Family transitions
- Higher education issues
What are the Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor
- Master's Degree
- State Certification
- Many school counselors have additional specialization.