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ARTICLE # 1 School Guidance Counselors: Understanding their Role and Making the Most of the Relationship Whether your child is going through a difficult situation that is affecting his or her school work, or you want to ensure your college-bound teen stays on track, a school guidance counselor is a valuable resource for both you and your child. Perhaps your own interactions with school counselors were minimal as a student, or you are unsure what sort of guidance to expect as it relates to your child's academic experience. Today, the school guidance counselor plays an important role in students' educations, providing academic, personal and social, and post-graduate advisement services. Ultimately, your child's guidance counselor is…show more content…
The school counselor’s role is to act as the first line of contact for parents and students for assistance in academic, social or personal development. 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. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) encourages parents to proactively communicate with their child’s school counselor at least three times a year to best steer their child’s success. “It’s important for parents to establish and maintain regular communications with the school counselor to better understand their child’s challenges and address any concerns that could impede success,” said Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., president of the American School Counselor Association. “Strong in-school counseling programs contribute to overall student success,” added Rich Lapan, Ph.D., professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Regular communications between parents and counselors can help a child tremendously.” In an effort to help busy parents communicate more effectively with their child’s school counselor, ASCA is offering five “Back-to-School” tips to improve parent-counselor dialogue: 1. Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every

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