The Benefits of School Counseling

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I have always been of the opinion that schools impact children in ways more than the impartation of knowledge acquired from books. Of equal importance to regular teacher student interaction is counseling in schools. The benefits associated to counseling are; students are able to deal with psychological problems in a better way, issues on peer relations are taught, and it forms a bridge between the administration and the students (Wright, 2012). With this knowledge, I ventured out to interview a counselor and obtain insight in school counseling. I have learnt that school counselors help to improve, maintain and enhance emotional, social, physical, mental fitness and do develop life-long learning. I do appreciate the role and challenges that the school counselors face and the work that they do in our schools (Sciarra, 2004). Scope of counselor role The first thing that I learnt is that it’s a school counselor’s role is to indentify and understand issues facing students. Students face many issues which hinder their studies. These range from psychological issues mainly encountered from home to the school environment. This also covers the area of drug abuse by students. Apart from understanding the issues the school counselor must have multicultural skills. This means the counselor should be aware of the wide range of cultures represented in and outside of the school (Dahir & Stone, 2012). This will lay ground in developing skills that are used in identification and understanding of issues. By this a chancellor is able to for example understand why students behave in a certain way or have high view of things other disregard (Wright, 2012). The counselor is a leader and by this should be able to participate effectiv... ... middle of paper ... ... J. C., & Hatch, T. (2007). Evidence-based school counseling: Making a difference with data-driven practices. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press. Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2007). School counseling to close the achievement gap: A social justice framework for success. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Jongsma, A. E., Knapp, S. E., & Dimmitt, C. (2013). The school counseling and school social work treatment planner. Hoboken, N.J: Wiley. Sciarra, D. T. (2004). School counseling: Foundations and contemporary issues. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Brooks/Cole. Sink, C. A., Edwards, C. N., & Eppler, C. (2012). School-based group counseling. Australia: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning. Schmidt, J. J. (2010). The elementary/middle school counselor's survival guide. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. Wright, R. J. (2012). Introduction to school counseling. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.

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