Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with those students who are consistently encouraging conflict with peers and teachers. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, homework papers, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors are an important part of the educational leadership team and provide valuable assistance to students regardless of whether they work in an elementary school, middle school, high school or beyond. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is the national organization for school counselors. ASCA believes in one vision and one voice and works to ensure it meets the needs of all professional school counselors, regardless of setting, experience level or needs. With a membership of more than 23,000 school counseling professionals, ASCA focuses on providing professional development, enhancing school counseling programs and researching effective school counseling practices. ASCA is a division of the American Counseling Association.
To learn more about connecting to your child's school counselor and articles relating to contemporary student issues, visit the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) website. ASCA is a professional resource to support student learning and enhance parental knowledge of developmental issues.
Source: American School Counselor Association (ASCA) www.schoolcounselor.org