Counselors help people learn to understand themselves better. They help people solve their problems and make important choices about their lives. Counselors help you solve problems, but their most important role is to listen carefully to the people who talk to them. School counselors help students learn about careers and how to get along with friends, teachers, or family members.
• Counselors talk to people about academic, social, or emotional problems.
• Counselors interview and test people to provide a plan for the counseling sessions.
• Counselors keep notes of counseling sessions.
• Counselors may also work with teachers, parents, doctors, and social workers by talking with them and making reports.
Where and When:
• Counselors usually have separate offices to meet with people privately.
• Some counselors work evenings and weekends.
• School counselors work the same hours as teachers.
• Some counselors visit people in their homes.
• Other counselors work at special clinics or doctor's offices.
• Counselors may meet with people alone or with friends and family members.
• Some counselors meet with groups of people that are working on the same kinds of problems.
• Some counselors also teach college students how to become counselors.
What or Who They Work With:
• School counselors work in schools, usually in an office, but they also work in classrooms.
• Sometimes they work all year long, but many have part of the summer off like teachers do.
• School counselors can work long hours, especially if they are meeting with parents or holding a special event.
Education and Training:
• Master's degree in counseling
• Many states require school counselors to have a special license and to take additional classes
• An internship is always part of becoming a school counselor.
- Social Worker
Related School Subjects:
• Social Studies
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