Why Middle School Counselors?
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team member with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic success. Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional middle school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to helps students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Standards in the academic, National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with it’s data driven and results-based focus serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
Brownell Middle School Counselors implement the Counseling Program by providing:
School Counselor Curriculum
· Academic skills support
· Organizational, study and test-taking skills
· Education in understanding self and others
· Coping strategies
· Peer relationships and effective social skills
· Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
· Career awareness, exploration and planning
Individual Student Planning
· Academic planning
· Career planning
· Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
· Transition planning
· Individual and small group counseling
· Individual/family/school crisis intervention
· Peer facilitation
· Professional development
· Consultation, collaboration and teaming
· Program management and operation
Brownell Middle School Counselors collaborate with students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff to service individual student needs.