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Role of a Counselor

The Association of American School Counselors (ASCA) defines the essential role of elementary school counselors. According to the ASCA, "the elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent, and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents, and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, elementary school counselors help their students achieve academic success, develop an understanding of career opportunities and develop social/emotional skills in response to issues they face." The role of the elementary school counselor understands the impact of these developmental years and works to set the foundation for life long success for all learners.