Julie Ammons - Grades 7-9 205-379-5262 email@example.com
Brooke Self - Grades 10-12 205-379-5263 firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Function: As a member of the system’s counseling and guidance staff, the middle/high school counselor provides a comprehensive counseling and guidance program for high school students; consults and collaborates with teachers, parents, and staff to enhance effectiveness in helping students; and provides support to other high school educational programs.
Major Job Responsibilities:
- Implements the middle/high school comprehensive counseling and guidance program curriculum
- Guides and counsels groups and individual students through the development of personal, social, educational, and career plans
- Counsels with small groups and individual students
- Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students
- Refers students with problems and their parents to appropriate specialists, programs, or outside agencies
- Participates in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school
- Plans, evaluates, and revises the counseling and guidance program
- Pursues professional growth
Illustrative Key Duties:
- Implements the middle/high school comprehensive counseling and guidance program curriculum: Conducts counseling learning activities in the classroom for each grade level during the year in collaboration with the teaching staff; consults with and is a resource to teachers to facilitate the infusion of counseling content into the regular education curriculum.
- Guides and counsels groups and individual students through the development of educational and career plans: Collaborates with elementary school personnel to assist students in making a smooth transition to high school; provides orientation activities for incoming students and their parents; informs students and parents of tests results and their implications for educational and career planning; guides students in updating their high school four-year educational plans; plans and coordinates the registration of students; guides seniors to help them develop and implement appropriate steps regarding their post-high school educational and/or career plans; coordinates the implementation of personal, social, educational, and career issues; provides for the systematic and efficient dissemination of current, accurate information needed by students and/or parents as they develop their educational or career plans;
- Consults with small groups and individual students: Conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions to meet the identified needs of individuals and groups of students.
- Consults and collaborates with teachers, staff, and parents in understanding and meeting the needs of students: Participates in staffing and team meetings; plans and conducts staff development programs and activities; attends conferences with teachers and/or parents and/or students; plans and conducts parent education programs; assists families with school-related problems and issues
- Refers students with problems and their parents to appropriate specialists, special programs, or outside agencies: Consults and collaborates with school system specialists such as school psychologists, social workers, and nurses; consults with and refers to community-based resources including psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, service agencies, and others.
- Participates in activities that contribute to the effective operation of the school: Cooperates and collaborates with other professionals in enhancing the education of students; establishes and maintains effective relationships with instructional departments and administrators; cooperates with other school personnel in placing students with special needs in appropriate programs; interprets group test results to faculty and administration for use in enhancing instruction; communicates with administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community regarding the counseling and guidance program and its role in the educational program; participates in the implementation of the school system assessment program.
- Plans, evaluates, and revises the counseling and guidance program: Reviews the counseling and guidance program annually with the guidance department staff and guidance program advisory committee; communicates regularly with other counseling staff to establish and maintain a sequential comprehensive counseling and guidance program; identifies student needs periodically and uses the results for program planning; establishes a planning calendar for counseling and guidance program activities; evaluates the counseling and guidance program.
- Pursues professional growth: Attends local, state, and national staff development programs; joins professional counseling and guidance associations; attends local, state, and national workshops and conferences sponsored by professional organizations
Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance State Model for Alabama Public Schools