The Role of the School Counselor

  • The American School Counselor Association describes school counselors as “highly educated, professionally certified individuals who help students succeed in school and plan their career” (ASCA, 2019). ​​​​​APS School Counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement, are standards-based, equity-focused, and data-driven. School counselors in Atlanta Public Schools are an integral component of each school’s academic mission.

    School Counselors provide Direct and Indirect Services for students:

    • Direct Services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include:
      • Instruction:  School Counseling Classroom Lessons
      • Appraisal and Advisement: Data Collection and Analysis
      • Counseling: Small Group and Individual Counseling*

    *School counselors do not provide mental health therapy or long-term counseling in schools. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and assist students and families seeking resources.

    • Indirect Services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including:
      • Consultation: Sharing strategies that support student achievement with parents and other stakeholders
      • Collaboration: Teachers, Parents, Administrators
      • Referral: To support students and families with resources for additional information and assistance

    ASCA Role of the School Counselor

Last Modified on November 7, 2022