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TExES School Counselor: Roles and Responsibilities of the Counselor - Chapter Summary
School counselors must encompass many roles to effectively meet the requirements of their position. They must lead and guide students, while also acting as their advocate. Examine the various roles and responsibilities of counselors that you'll be tested on in the TExES School Counselor exam through the lessons in this study guide chapter, including:
- Types of counselors in the profession and personal qualities that make effective counselors
- Knowledge, education, licensing and certification requirements of a school counselor
- Relevance of ethics in counseling and common legal issues
- Various roles of a counselor, including leader, advocate and consultant
- Creating effective school counseling programs
- Helping students through educational transitions and troubles with retention and matriculation
- Advantages of professional organization membership
Thoroughly understand the responsibilities of your role as a school guidance counselor by studying the information presented in these video lessons. Ensure that you have full comprehension of this information by taking the brief lesson quizzes and chapter exam. Re-examine key concepts by using the direct links within the quizzes or by reviewing the full video transcripts.
TExES School Counselor: Roles and Responsibilities of the Counselor Chapter Objectives
The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) for School Counselors determines if the examinee meets the knowledge and skill requirements for licensure in this position. This is a computer-based test with 100 multiple-choice questions given in a five hour time period. Some of the exam questions are not scored. The exam covers school counselor state standards in three domains. Questions regarding the roles and responsibilities of counselors are found in the second domain, Planning and Implementing the Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program. This domain contains approximately 40% of the exam questions.
This study guide chapter is designed to prepare you for the types of questions you'll find on this exam. After reviewing the material covered and taking the practice quizzes and chapter exam, you will understand the formatting of the exam questions and information you'll need to correctly answer them. If, after studying the information and taking the quizzes, you need further clarification, instructors are always available to answer any questions.
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.
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Role of School Staff in Guidance Programs
In this lesson, you will learn about different types of school guidance programs and ways in which school counselors can engage school staff in the planning, development, and implementation of these programs.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Strategies for Community Involvement in Education
Schools that work with community agencies are often better able to support student success. This lesson gives strategies for building relationships with community agencies and why that's beneficial.
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Other chapters within the TExES School Counselor (152): Practice & Study Guide course
- About the TExES School Counselor Exam
- TExES School Counselor: Cognitive & Language Development
- TExES School Counselor: Social & Emotional Development
- TExES School Counselor: Physical & Motor Development
- TExES School Counselor: Differences & Issues in Human Development
- TExES School Counselor: Counseling Theory
- TExES School Counselor: Comprehensive School Counseling Program
- TExES School Counselor: Curriculum Development & Delivery
- TExES School Counselor: Assessment of Learning
- TExES School Counselor: Program Evaluation
- TExES School Counselor: Diversity & Equality Issues in School Counseling
- TExES School Counselor: Strategies for Diverse Learning Environments
- TExES School Counselor: College Counseling
- TExES School Counselor: Career Counseling
- TExES School Counselor: Individual & Group Counseling
- TExES School Counselor: Crisis Intervention
- TExES School Counselor: Goal Setting & Student Motivation
- TExES School Counselor: Effective Communication
- TExES School Counselor Flashcards