What do new school counselors need to know?

Below are some of the most effective tips for becoming a competent professional school counselor:

  • Have a desire to learn.
  • Be flexible.
  • Track down a mentor.
  • Take care of personal mental health.
  • Build strong relationships.

What is the hardest part of being a school counselor?

The hardest part about being a School Counselor is referring parents to resources that their children desperately need and having parents do nothing.

What should a counselor do on the first day of school?

First Day of School – What Do School Counselors Do & Student…

  • Begin by introducing yourself as the counselor.
  • Develop Classroom Values together as a class.
  • Ask students if they have any questions, concerns, etc.
  • Follow up with students on how their first few days/week has been going at school.

Why is burnout common among counselors?

The high levels of empathetic demand and frequent exposure to clients’ trauma create perfect conditions for compassion fatigue or emotional exhaustion. Stressful work environments and varying levels of accomplishment and support also contribute to professional burnout.

Is school counseling a stressful job?

As a part of their work, school counselors often incur high levels of stress that may result from multiple job responsibilities, role ambiguity, high caseloads, limited resources for coping and limited clinical supervision (DeMato & Curcio, 2004; Lambie, 2007; McCarthy, Kerne, Calfa, Lambert, & Guzmán, 2010).

What qualities make a good school counselor?

Leadership Traits Every Counselor Should Have

  • Listening. First and foremost, a school counselor needs to be a good listener.
  • Being Empathetic.
  • Building Relationship.
  • Performing Assessments.
  • Coordinating Efforts and Activities.
  • Exercising Authority.
  • Being Flexible.
  • Having a Sense of Humor.

What is counselor burnout?

Therapist burnout occurs when therapists are faced with chronic stressors, day after day without any chance to reset and recharge. When a therapist is not able to recover from these ongoing stressors, they begin to emotionally, mentally and even physically shut down.

What was your first year as a school counselor like?

My first year as a school counselor was huge in terms of personal growth, learning and professionalism. I forged countless new friendships with staff members and met and worked with community members, parents and students in the Hillsborough Township Public School District.

What are the most important things to know about school counseling?

5) Document everything (everything), and never act alone. In this era of school counseling, this has become more important than ever. When sending emails, think about what you’re writing and don’t put anything in writing that could come back to haunt you. If you have concerns, speak to the person face-to-face or give them a call.

Is it possible to be a school counselor on your own?

I can tell you that after a lot of education, hard work and collaboration with professionals in the field (including my awesome, supportive mom, who is also a school counselor), it is possible. After finishing my first year on my own as a school counselor split between two elementary schools, I felt incredible.

How long should my counseling sessions be?

Small group counseling sessions should be around 30 minutes. Depending on your school’s schedule you may even have less time. These are often scheduled during lunchtime and the students can bring their lunch and have a “lunch bunch.” Keep this in mind as you plan activities.