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From the American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

ASCA's Careers/Roles page,, responds to the question, "What does a School Counselor do?" and
contains a wealth of information on the roles of school counselors, how to become a school counselor, promoting your school counseling program, research on the effectiveness of
school counseling and more.

The community accepts that:
  • The Marriage and Family Counselor is the Mental Health Professional who works with troubled marriages and family;
  • The Addictions Counselor is the Mental Health Professional who works with individuals with drug and alcohol problems;
  • The Pain Counselor is the Mental Health Professional who works with individuals in pain;
  • And so on with clinical counseling roles.  

School Counselors are the Mental Health Professionals who works with individuals within the school.  

School Counselors are specifically trained to work within the school setting and coordinate services with teachers and outside providers.  The School Counselor is the mental health professional
leading the trauma informed team. School Counselors receive bring this unique set of skills to schools.

Addressing Mental Health is crucial to Student Achievement

The charge of teaching the essential skills curriculum that teaches skills and characteristics that are critical to success in the workplace to each student, kindergarten through grade twelve, falls to the
School Counselor with the Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP), including a balanced curriculum between Academic, Personal/Social and Career.  It is the School Counselor’s role to
provide counseling for personal/social skills so that students can learn and reach their academic potential and thus their career goals.

This goes back to Maslow’s hierarchy in reaching the physiological needs, safety needs and belonging needs through positive and proactive culture and climate as well as individual and small group
counseling so that students can be prepared for Academic learning to reach their career goals.

Clearly Defining The Role

The School Counselor role  and the services provided by the role are defined as:

  • Mental Health
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Systematic Change

We need to bring the role of the ASCA National Model into fruition within our schools so that school counselors are seen as the mental health professionals that they are.  Continuing to advocate for
ourselves takes perseverance, yet we persist because we know that our students do better when they have advocates such as us on their side.  We must continue to educate our communities on our
roles. Until each member of our community can identify the School Counselor as the mental health professional in the Schools just as they identify the Community or Clinical Counselor as the mental
health professional in the community, our job of educating the public continues.