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Ch 2: Roles and Responsibilities of the Guidance Counselor

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Review this chapter to learn specific job responsibilities, actions, and characteristics of a school guidance counselor. Through these lessons, you will be given a glimpse into this career, how to attain it, and how you can best serve your students.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Guidance Counselor- Chapter Summary

Guidance counselors play an invaluable role in schools. This chapter details many aspects of a school guidance counselor career. In addition to explaining what a guidance counselor's purpose is, this chapter describes the characteristics of a good counselor, what it takes to become one, and various duties of this position.

These lessons will also present you with an in-depth look at specific situations a school guidance counselor may encounter, such as helping students through transitions, consultations, as well as legal issues you may encounter. Subjects studied in these chapters include:

  • Guidance counselor qualities and competencies
  • Requirements to be a counselor
  • Counselor licensing and professional organizations
  • Development process for counseling programs in schools
  • Role and duties of school guidance counselors
  • Legalities of counseling in schools

This chapter presents pertinent information you may utilize in numerous ways. View the brief video lessons as you follow along with the accompanying transcripts to make note of important highlighted terminology. Each lesson has a self-assessment quiz you may take after you view the video to ensure you understand and remember the information you learned. If you need assistance, you may submit a question to our subject matter experts.

15 Lessons in Chapter 2: Roles and Responsibilities of the Guidance Counselor
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Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

1. Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

Who is considered a counselor? What distinguishes various professional counselors from one another? Is there a difference between paraprofessionals and non-professionals? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on counseling.

Personal Qualities of an Effective Counselor

2. Personal Qualities of an Effective Counselor

This lesson will introduce the positive and negative motivators for becoming a counselor. We will also look at some of the characteristics of an effective counselor and some essential microskills counselors must possess.

Education and Competencies of a Professional Counselor

3. Education and Competencies of a Professional Counselor

Professional counselors must obtain a satisfactory education with experiences that prepare them to practice on their own. This lesson is an overview of the education, licensure, and continued competency of a typical counselor.

The Importance of Ethics in Counseling

4. The Importance of Ethics in Counseling

In this lesson, we will be looking at the ethical issues a new counselor should be familiar with and prepared to handle. These issues include things breaching confidentiality and financial issues.

Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements

5. Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements

Have you wondered about licensure or certification as a counselor? Are you curious about the difference between them? In this lesson, we will be looking at licensure and certification, what the differences and similarities are, and the requirements.

Benefits of Joining Professional Organizations for Counselors

6. Benefits of Joining Professional Organizations for Counselors

Counselors are valuable professionals and serve as important resources for communities, whether working in schools, community centers or private practices. This lesson will discuss the benefits of joining a professional organization for counselors.

The Role of the School Guidance Counselor

7. The Role of the School Guidance Counselor

School guidance counselors are essential parts of the education system. This lesson will discuss the role of school guidance counselors and the important contributions they make.

How School Counselors Function as Leaders

8. How School Counselors Function as Leaders

School counselors are vital members of the educational leadership team. This lesson will discuss how school counselors function as leaders and will end with a quiz to test what you have learned.

How School Counselors Act as Advocates

9. How School Counselors Act as Advocates

School counselors work on behalf of students and families as advocates. This lesson will explore this role of advocacy and will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.

Providing Consultation as a School Counselor

10. Providing Consultation as a School Counselor

School counselors are essential members of the educational staff in schools. This lesson will explore the ways school counselors provide consultation. We will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.

Developing a School Counseling Program

11. Developing a School Counseling Program

School counseling programs provide powerful resources for students and families. This lesson will discuss the necessary steps for developing a school counseling program. The lesson will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

Assisting Students During Educational Transitions

12. Assisting Students During Educational Transitions

A primary responsibility of school counselors is assisting students through educational transitions. This lesson will discuss this aspect of school counseling and will end with a quiz to see what you have learned.

Supporting Student Retention & Matriculation as a Counselor

13. Supporting Student Retention & Matriculation as a Counselor

School counselors are essential for student success. This lesson will discuss how school counselors support student retention and matriculation and will end with a short quiz.

Legal Issues in Counseling

14. Legal Issues in Counseling

In this lesson, we will be looking at the legal issues in counseling. We will be discussing the importance of credentialing, what the client's rights are regarding their records, privileged communication, duty to report child abuse, and duty to warn.

Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors in Counseling

15. Civil and Criminal Liability and the Rights of Minors in Counseling

In this lesson, we will learn about legal issues counselors need to consider when going into practice, such as general information on civil and criminal liability, malpractice, expert and lay witnesses, premature termination, and the rights of minors.

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