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What does a counselor do?
- A school counselor consults, coordinates and counsels.
- A counselor teaches large group guidance classes that cover the Gwinnett
County Elementary Guidance and Counseling Competencies for each grade level.
The guidance lessons focus on topics such as study skills, listening and
following directions, respecting oneself and others, following rules,
expressing feelings appropriately, exploring possible career opportunities,
personal safety and working cooperatively.
- A counselor works individually with students on an as-needed basis.
Students can be referred to a counselor by a teacher, parent or the student
- A counselor works with small groups of students on a variety of topics.
Groups may include: Family changes, grief and loss, social skills, self
esteem, friendship, test-taking skills.
- A counselor works with the parents to help them better understand their
child’s growth and development.
When should you call a counselor?
- When your child is having difficulty learning.
- When family changes interfere with academic progress.
- When your child needs extra help adjusting to school.
- When you want to arrange a meeting with several teachers or with both a
teacher and a counselor.
- When you need help interpreting tests and school records and track school
- When you want to discover available community resources and agencies for
your student or your family.
**Please see the Guidance Calendar for a list of classroom guidance topics**