What do school counselors do?
- May meet with new students individually and check in with their parents and teachers as
needed throughout the year to monitor their adjustment
- Work with school staff to identify, address and monitor student needs
- Conference with parents
- Provide classroom guidance regarding social and emotional development, communication skills,
conflict resolution skills or friendship skills
- Facilitate a full range of small group opportunities to address social and emotional needs
- Provide short-term individual, group, or family counseling
- Help families get connected with community resources and outside professionals as needed
When should you speak to the school counselor?
- When something is happening in your family that may affect your child's school performance
- If you need support, information or counseling related resources
- If you need staff (counselors, teachers, etc.) to be watchful of your child for any particular
reason and/or you need feedback about your child while they are at school
- You should expect a phone call from the counselor if concerns about your child are repeatedly
brought to the counselor's attention, or if the counselor has contact with your child regarding
a concern that requires parental help or involvement
What does confidentiality mean?
Confidentiality means that information exchanged in a counseling session is kept private or
confidential unless released by parent or student permission. School counselors are required to
follow ethical and legal guidelines in maintaining confidentiality. For the safety and well-being
of children, limits to confidentiality include the occasional need to consult with a child's teacher
or school administrator; or the need to report to the proper authorities if a student discloses that
he or she is being harmed, has harmed, or is planning to do harm to him/herself or someone else.
My contact information: If you have questions or concerns regarding your child or family, please feel
free to call (509) 937-2696 or email me at Natalee.Reid@Valleysd.org.
I’d love to hear from you!