Role of the Professional School Counsellor

Professional school counsellors are educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counselling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counselling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counsellors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and hi pools; in district supervisory positions; and counsellor educationpositions. . Professional school counsellors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, professional school counsellors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students.

Foundation: Professional school counsellorsidentify a philosophy based on school counselling theory and research based practise that recognizes the need for all the students to benefit from the school counselling program. Professional school counsellors act on these philosophies to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of a culturally relevant and comprehensive school counselling programs. According to Teaching Courses in Mumbai Professional school counsellors create a mission statement supporting the school’s mission and collaborate with other individuals and organizations to promote all students’ academic, career and personal/social development.

Delivery: Professional school counsellors provide services to students, parent’s guardians, school staff and the community. They help in designing school guidance curriculum. This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills future are for their develop appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered evaluation throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by professional mass school counsellors in collaboration with other professional educators in classroom and group activities.

System Support: System support consists ofmanagement activities establishing, relations maintaining, and enhancing the total school counsellingprogram. These activities include problem professional development, consultation, collaboration, supervision, program management and operations. Professional school counsellors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counselling at the local, state and national levels.

Management: Professional school counsellors incorporate organizational processes and tools that are concrete, clearly delineated, and reflective of the school’s needs. Processes and tools include: (a) agreements developed with and approved by administrators for each school year addressing how the school counselling program is organized and what goals will be accomplished (b) advisory councils include: students, parents/guardians, teachers, counsellors, administrators and community members to review school counselling program goals andresults and to make recommendations.

Accountability: Professional school counsellors develop and implement data! Needs driven, standards-based and research-supported programs, and engage in continuous pro dam evaluation activities. They also create results reports that demonstrate immediate intermediate and long-range effectiveness of comprehensive school counselling programs. According to Early Childhood Education ProgramProfessional school counsellors analyze outcome data to guide future action and improve future results for all students. The performance of the professional school counsellor is evaluated using an instrument based on the School Counsellor Performance Standards. Professional school counsellors are certified/licensed educators with the minimum of a master’s degree in school counselling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a comprehensive school counselling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.