School counselors are a valuable resource for parents and students alike. They wear many hats, from academic advisors to social-emotional support systems. But how can you, as a parent, maximize the benefits your child receives from working with their school counselor?

Hi, I’m Lauren Clancy, a child therapist and Certified School Social Work Specialist at Kid Matters Counseling, and in this article, I’ll discuss how to work with school counselors to help your child thrive.


Understand the School Counselor’s Role


School counselors typically manage a large caseload of students. Their duties may include, individual counseling on academic challenges and peer relationships, group counseling sessions on topics like bullying prevention, and test anxiety, as well as collaboration with teachers and administrators to develop academic plans and support interventions.


Build a Positive Relationship


Early in the school year, take the initiative to introduce yourself to your child’s counselor. Briefly share any relevant information about your child, such as their strengths, challenges, or any concerns you might have.

And, don’t wait for a problem to arise before reaching out. Schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s overall well-being and academic progress.

Approach the counselor as a partner in your child’s success. Be open to their insights and recommendations, and share your own observations about your child at home.


Practice Effective Communication


When communicating with the counselor, be clear and concise about your concerns. Provide specific examples to illustrate your points.

Remember, school counselors are trained professionals. While you’re the expert on your child, respect the counselor’s professional judgment and recommendations.

And, keep the lines of communication open. Feel free to follow up with the counselor after meetings or share any updates you feel are relevant.


Work Toward Shared Goals


Work with the counselor to develop a plan to address your child’s specific needs. This might include academic interventions, social-emotional support strategies, or communication tools to use at home.

Schedule regular check-ins with the counselor to discuss progress and make any necessary adjustments to the plan.

And, don’t forget to celebrate your child’s successes, big or small. Share these wins with the counselor to reinforce positive progress.

School counselors are a fantastic resource, but their time is limited. If your child requires more intensive support, the counselor can help you find qualified professionals outside of the school setting. They may have established relationships with therapists, social workers, or other specialists who can provide the additional care your child needs.


If your child is struggling with emotional, social, or academic challenges, Kid Matters Counseling can help. Our team of experienced therapists specializes in working with children and teens on a variety of school concerns.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and help your child thrive.


Lauren Clancy

Lauren Clancy

Child Therapist

I have been helping kiddos overcome obstacles and build the emotional tools they need to navigate life’s ups and downs.

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