Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools

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Counselors’ Role

Counselors assume the leadership role for managing andimplementing the comprehensive counseling and guidance program in theirschool. Counselors are responsible for the systematic delivery andevaluation of structured developmental counseling and guidance servicesto all students. Counselors work directly with students, individuallyand in small groups, to deal with unique or problem-centered concernsthat require more privacy or attention than can be accommodated instructured guidance activities. Counselors serve students indirectly byacting as consultants to administrators, teachers, parents, and othersto help them understand and respond to the developmental, emotional, andsocial needs of students. Counselors coordinate various activitieswithin the school that are related to student welfare. Appropriatereferrals, placements, and follow-ups are activities that areparticularly pertinent to counseling.

Elementary School Counselors

At the elementary level, counselors assist students in their effortsto learn the skills and attitudes required for school success.Elementary school counselors emphasize decision-making skills and earlyexploration of career and educational goals. These counselors also placestrong emphasis on helping students develop self-awareness,self-esteem, and good interpersonal relationships.