The Role of a Professional School Counselor 


“The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students’ academic, personal/social, and career development needs.”

American School Counselor Association. “The Role of the Professional School Counselor.” Timberlake Publishing: 2005. Alexandria, VA.


Ways school counselors help students:

  • Listens to and empowers students to solve their own problems.
  • Helps students to achieve academically.
  • Helps students to feel better about themselves and their abilities.
  • Assists students with exploring future careers.
  • Assist students with developing the necessary skills to handle various life changes.

Visiting the School Counselor

Some students may have specific concerns they would like to address one-on-one with the counselor. There are three ways a student may be referred for counseling; by the student, parent/guardian, or teacher. Students wanting to see the counselor must fill out a counseling referral form.  Counseling referral forms are on the Canvas counseling homepage.  Students and parents should complete the Microsoft form and submit it in order for the school counselor to receive the referral.  Any parent may refer their child for counseling by contacting one of the school counselors at phillitc@pwcs.edu or farmerm@pwcs.edu.  Teachers may also refer students for counseling services by emailing the counselor, calling the counselor's extension, or stopping by the counseling department.