August 11, 2022

Traits of a good elementary school counselor

An elementary school counselor typically performs the following duties:

  • Encourages young learners to adopt a more positive attitude towards school and the learning process
  • Fosters good relationships with peers, parents, teachers, and other important people in the child’s life
  • Improves the communication skills of young learners, and helps them successfully develop effective decision-making strategies
  • Addresses developmental tasks, personal concerns, crises, peer conflicts, dysfunctional home environments, ill health, and physical disabilities, and offers helpful solutions

These professional also provide assistance to students in the following areas:

  • Academic support (i.e. organizational tasks, study practices, and “test-taking” pointers)
  • Setting goals and making wise decisions
  • Exploring future career options
  • Educating the public on child-related issues
  • Encouraging healthy peer relationships, coping strategies, and appropriate social skills
  • Teaching communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution behaviors
  • Educating young learners on substance abuse/addictions
  • Fostering a multicultural and diversity awareness
  • Helping elementary school student recognize their strengths and weaknesses
  • Providing individual and small-group counseling for young learners
  • Developing individual, family, and school crisis prevention and intervention programs
  • Aiding in teacher-student or peer-to-peer conflict resolutions
  • Consulting and collaborating with other medical and educational professionals to ensure that the student is receiving the best possible care and resources
  • Referring young learners to other professionals, when needed.

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