The role of the school counselor is to help children who are struggling at school. This may be because of a learning difficulty, a language barrier, an emotional problem, a developmental issue, issues with peers, or just struggling to adapt to change. The school counselor is available to meet with children, families and teachers and where necessary will draw up a plan (an individualized education plan – IEP) so that the school and family are working together to help the child.
The IEP may involve developing specific strategies the student can use in class and at home, in-class support, one-on-one or small group lessons, counseling sessions and/ or further assessment. As well as working with students, parents and teachers can also book an appointment with the school counselor if they have concerns or problems regarding their child/student.
What to do if you feel your child needs help from the school counselor?
The first step is to talk to your child’s teacher to see what he/she thinks; the teacher can then refer the child to the SSC. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to talk with the school counselor.
What about confidentiality?
In terms of confidentiality, the work of the SSC will aim to be as open and collaborative as possible.
The school counselor will always inform parents, teachers and students if information needs to be shared with others. However, in some instances, the student and/or parents may want to keep some aspects confidential. If confidentiality needs to be broken, the school counselor will always tell you in advance.
In addition, the center is focused on providing parents with psychological knowledge. The Psychologist regularly meets with parents to introduce them to the basic principles of children’s psychological development.
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