Counselor Wordle
  • Ever wondered what a school counselor does on a daily basis? You're not alone...we get that question all of the time. People often have a misperception of what school counselors do based on some outdated ideas. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their offices simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the "troublemakers" in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the educational team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

    As school counselors, we spend a majority of our time in direct service to and contact with students. Our duties are focused on the overall delivery of a total counseling program through the use of guidance curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. Our goal is to help ensure that students are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens.

    PHS counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student populations. We don't work in isolation, but serve as one component in a team of many. To serve the needs of students, we design, develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school-counseling program using the ASCA National Standards as our guide.

    High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. PHS Counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the community. As professional school counselors, we hold master's degrees and required state certifications in school counseling. Maintaining our certifications includes on-going professional development to assist us in staying current with educational reform and the challenges facing today's students.

    Listed below are some of the ways that we implement our PHS counseling program (not an all-inclusive list):

    Classroom Guidance

    • Academic skills support
    • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
    • Post-secondary planning and application process
    • Career exploration
    • Education in understanding self and others
    • Coping strategies
    • Peer relationships and effective social skills 
    • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution 
    • Substance abuse education
    • Diversity awareness

    Individual Student Planning

    • Goal setting
    • Academic/Graduation plans
    • Problem solving
    • Transition plans
    • Education in understanding self, including strengths and weaknesses

    Responsive Services

    • Individual and small-group counseling
    • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
    • Peer facilitation
    • Consultation/collaboration
    • Referrals

    Please note that as school counselors it is not appropriate for us to provide on-going therapy or long-term counseling to address psychological disorders.