Preventive and developmental counseling helps students cope with the stresses and pressures that affect their personal development and academic performance. In theory, the School Counseling Department does distinguish between counseling (dealing with such personal matters as emotional issues or social adjustment problems) and advising (academic matters). In practice, however, the approach is a more holistic one. Consequently, although each counselor’s primary responsibility is counseling and advising, the department works collaboratively with the Principal, Vice Principal for Academics, Vice Principal for Student Life, Deans, teachers, parents, and other school personnel to insure continuity and effectiveness in dealing with the whole student.
The Role of School Counselor
Counseling is a helping process in which the school counselor provides a safe, nurturing environment. By establishing a trusting, confidential working relationship, students can share their feelings and develop positive solutions to personal issues. Often, the focus is on problem solving, decision making and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development. Parents, teachers, administrators, and students can initiate a referral to the school counselor.
The School Counselor is an advocate for students:
- listen to students, assess their needs, and develop realistic interventions
- help students to cope with social/emotional pressures, set realistic goals, and become responsible young adults
- help students to understand and accept their capabilities and limitations
- assist students with transition issues and orientation to La Salle Academy
- make appropriate internal and external referrals
An important obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. School counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to him or herself or to others.