The role of a school counselor is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program which includes consultation, communication, classroom guidance lessons, and small group or individual counseling sessions. As the school counselor, I will work to promote student academic and social growth. Research has indicated that group interaction helps children develop a high self-esteem and helps them to develop coping skills. As a school counselor, I will be an advocate for the students and help the students understand how to become advocates for themselves. Furthermore, the staff at Comanche Public Schools desires for the students to thrive academically, socially, and developmentally and we will work together to help each student succeed.
A comprehensive school counseling program will include a variety of components. It is preventative in design along with providing developmental components. According the ASCA National Model (2005), a comprehensive school counseling program consists of four major elements: Foundation, Delivery System, Management Systems, and Accountability. Most of the elementary counseling program will be spent in direct contact with the students including areas such as guidance counseling, individual student planning, consultation, referrals, peer facilitation, and collaboration among staff members (ASCA, 2005). Furthermore, a comprehensive school counseling program is intended to help students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
The mission of the elementary school counseling program is to help all students succeed and learn life skills for the future. At Comanche Elementary, we strive hard to teach and model to our students about the importance of respect, honesty, integrity, responsibility, and perseverance. We realize that each child has potential and we will work hard to make sure that our students have the skills they need to be productive in life and in school.