In our new episode Jake is joined by Katie Baskerville and Dana Livermont from Rapid City, South Dakota as they discuss school counseling and what school counselors do. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the full show.

Historically, the term “guidance counselor” was used to reference counselors working within the school system. These counselors main role was to “guide” students to college: writing letters of recommendation and sending out transcripts. However, this role has evolved in the past decade, and many schools are now using the term “school counselor” instead.

A school counselor is a member of the education team, and is someone who gives valuable assistance to students, helping them with their academic goals, their social and personal development, and with their career development. They work in public or private elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

School counselors make a positive impact in the lives of their students. Research supports the value of school counseling across a number of domains.

Many educators believe that teaching social, emotional, and behavioral skills to students is essential to modern education. Moreover, this can and should be the responsibility of the entire school community, as it reinforces student development.

School counselors are highly trained to address the variety of challenges that students face today. They must hold advanced degrees and adhere to state by state requirements for certification and continuing education. With the critical role they play, competent school counselors are essential to ensuring that students receive the comprehensive supports and services they deserve to achieve.

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