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 effectively in the school’s management (Sciarra, 2004). Being in management requires one to contribute in the development of the school’s program. Apart from developing larger schools programs, they craft the smaller but important guidance and counseling program in the highest required standards. With this the counselor is able to assist the students in the development of their personal educational experiences and objectives. This involves guiding the students towards attaining the knowledge of their potential, encourage the development of strong values and helping them sharpen their decision making skills (Wright, 2012).
The counselor acts as a bridge between the students and administration through developing support systems that are able to quickly identify special need students (Dahir & Stone, 2012). This may lead to the development of modified education programs that aim to motivate such students and help them achieve high school experience. By being aware of student’s social need to belong, the counselor promotes programs that encourage each person’s self worth and sense of identity. The school counselor needs to liaise with reliable stakeholders to minimize any challenges faced by colored and low-income students. The...