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Counseling Students Placed At-Risk

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Counseling Students Placed At-Risk As the field of alternative education becomes more open to the needs of high-risk students, the role of the counselor has also changed to meet those needs. Traditionally, counselors have only provided career and academic counseling but in today's society school counselors make a significant contribution toward the academic, career and personal/social success of all students. Professional school counselors work in a leadership role with other student service professionals including social workers, psychologists and nurses, in liaison with staff and parents, to provide comprehensive school counseling programs that focus on prevention and intervention of behaviors that place students at risk. Adolescence is a time when young people experiment with many aspects of life - testing how things fit together and using this process to define and shape how they think and how they fit into the world. This is a time when teens are learning how to become their "own person." Teens are involved in risk-taking that is not always harmful. ...read more.


The school counselor works with staff, parents, and the community to identify students who are participating in behaviors that place them at risk in order to interfere before the student moves through a band of self-destructive behavior. The counselor can offer classroom leadership lessons to broaden student knowledge and awareness of the dangers of at-risk behaviors and available resources to address student needs. They can provide individual help to address academic, personal/social and career development needs. Counselors collaborate with school staff to identify students in crisis and provide referral services to appropriate support services and community agencies. They can also make counseling and support services available to parents/guardians of students demonstrating at-risk behaviors. School counselors know how to listen and help. They will take each and every problem seriously and work to find a good solution. School counselors are trained to help with everything - it doesn't have to be just school related. A counselor can help you deal with the sadness when someone has died as well as advise you on taking the right classes to get into your dream college. ...read more.


So they can refer students to outside resources like substance abuse treatment centers, professional therapists, and even health clinics. All too often, teenagers fall into negative behaviors because parents are unable to effectively communicate with them. While this is not meant to lay the blame for a teenager's behavior at the feet of the parents, improving communication within the family does have a deep effect on the actions of the child. Coping with a troubled teen can also be an isolating experience. Parents can come to school counselors who can provide not only solutions to the challenges that parents face daily, but also offer a "safe place" to talk openly and honestly about the challenges that the troubled teen has placed on them. Many times, a parent's voice will only carry so far, and it takes a professional counselor/therapist to really create the breakthroughs required to change the child's life for the better. By putting into practice a broad school counseling program, school counselors collaborate with other educators and the community to provide prevention, early identification and intervention for all students for the prevention and intervention of behaviors that place students at risk. ...read more.

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