Counsels individuals and provides group educational and vocational guidance services.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Counsels individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
- Provides crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
- Confers with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs.
- Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Prepares students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
- Identifies cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
- Evaluates students' or individuals' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using tests, records, interviews, or professional sources.
- Counsels students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
- Provides special services such as alcohol and drug prevention programs and classes that teach students to handle conflicts without resorting to violence.
- Conducts follow-up interviews with counselees to determine if their needs have been met.
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