Counselor Information

ACEA School Counselor Information

Shea Lampi
email me: sheal@aceaofmidland.org
(989) 631-5202 ext. 229

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding credits, support services, scholarships, FAFSA and/or resources available.

Understanding the School Counselor

Today school counselors are certified, specially trained mental health professionals who focus on prevention and wellness though a counseling program that meets the needs of all students, not just a few. The counseling program addresses three areas: academic, career and personal/social. School counselors advocate, mediate, coordinate, consult, lead and collaborate with teachers, administrators and parents to help students be successful. Professional school counselors also help children to understand themselves.

What do school counselors do? Today’s school counselors:

  • Counsel students individually and/or in groups
  • Provide systematic and developmental classroom guidance to all students
  • Respond to student needs in crisis situations
  • Orient students to new school settings
  • Work with absentees, potential dropouts and other at-risk students
  • Refer students to special programs and/or services when necessary
  • Analyze test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
  • Help with individual school, college, and career plans; coordinate school-to-work initiatives and with post-secondary institutions
  • Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
  • Conduct conferences with parents and facilitate parent discussion groups
  • Coordinate staff support activities
  • Adhere to ethical and legal standards
  • Pursue continuous professional growth and development
  • Conduct an annual evaluation of the guidance program

Following are some questions you might want to ask your child’s school counselor:

  • How is my child doing in school?
  • What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are there any areas of concerns?
  • What are my child’s goals for this year?
  • What are some suggestions for action at home?
  • What programs are available to help my child to do better?
  • Does my child get along well with adults?
  • Does my child get along well with his/her peers?
  • What can I do to improve discipline at home?
  • Are there ways I can improve communication with my child?
  • What can I expect after a change in the family (death, divorce, illness, financial status, moving)?
  • If my child is (running away from home, being disrespectful, having other problems), what should I do?
  • What resources are available at school?
  • What resources are available outside of school?
  • What do I need to do to prepare my child for college admission?
  • What are the best resources for information on financial assistance and scholarships?
  • What do I do? My child is (sad, not sleeping, not eating, overeating, has temper tantrums, etc.)

Studies have shown that children have greater academic achievement when their parents are involved in their education.

You, the parent, are the most important resource for the school counselor and others. Your involvement is critical in helping your child to be successful. Ask the school counselor how you can be more involved in what is happening with your child’s education.

Article by Brenda Melton, M.Ed., LPC, a school counselor at Navarro Academy, an alternative school in San Antonio, Texas, and a former board president of the American School Counselor Association.

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