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Common Questions

  • WHAT IS SCHOOL COUNSELING?
    School counseling is developmental in that is, it focuses on the needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth.  There are objectives, activities, and special services, with an emphasis on helping students to learn more effectively and efficiently.  There is a commitment to individual uniqueness and the optimal development of human potential.

    WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
    The school counselor is a certified professional educator who helps students develop their educational, social, career, and personal strengths, and to become responsible and productive citizens.  The primary focus is always on problem solving, decision-making, and discovering personal meaning, as it relates to learning and confidential relationship with their students.  School counselors are human behavior and relationship specialists who provide counseling, consultation, and coordination services to students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

    WHERE CAN THE STUDENT SEE THE COUNSELOR?
    A student can see the counselor in just about any appropriate place, including the counselor's office, classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and outside on school grounds.

    HOW DOES A STUDENT GET TO SEE THE COUNSELOR?
    A student should submit a counselor request in Castle, ask for permission from the teacher to see a counselor, or ask for assistance from the counselor directly.

    WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
    Graduate level study in an approved school counseling program
    State of Florida certification in guidance and counseling, pre-K through 12th grade.

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