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Aubrie Tarantino, Middle School Counselor

 

 

“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement."
“Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priority,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 
 
Purpose Statement To optimize school success for all students in the Academic, Career, and Personal-Social domains. With the collaborative effort of school personnel, families, and community resources, the school counseling program will provide every student the opportunity to become productive citizens of a global society. This will be accomplished through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Therefore, a counselor’s role is:  
  • To provide curriculum in the areas of academic success, career development, and life skills
  • To teach, promote, and model the New Century Graduate skills
  • To advocate for ALL students
  • To promote district and school goals such as achievement, cultural diversity, equity and school safety
 

School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools to address psychological disorders. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health crises and needs. School counselors address those barriers to student success by offering education, prevention and crisis and short-term intervention to include group counseling until the student is connected with available community resources. When students require long-term counseling or therapy, school counselors make referrals to appropriate community resources (ASCA, 2012).

Confidentiality
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives.
 The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is: 
• To support the students’ right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardians and staff members 
• To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when:   
• Student poses a danger to self or others     
• Court ordered disclosure     
• Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel 
• To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA). 

 

What school counselors do with their time: 

Guidance Curriculum Teach guidance lessons and lead classroom discussions in the areas of academic, career and personal social development.  It is recommended that we spend 35-45% of our time in this area.
Individual Student Planning Work with students one-on-one on an as needed basis in the areas of goal setting, career planning, academic program planning, course selection and the interpretation and application of assessment information to guide academic program planning
Responsive Services Responsive services are usually short-term in nature, and designed to meet students' immediate needs.  They may be provided in a direct format through individual and group counseling, including crisis counseling, or indirectly through consultation, peer facilitation or outside referral. 
System Support This time is to be used for activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total school counseling program.  Because this component doesn't involve direct student interaction, we try to limit it to 10-15% of our time.