Students attend school to learn. They are naïve, gullible and come to school to figure out a way of life. They need nurture, care and guidance. Although there are teachers to help guide them, sometimes they aren’t enough. Students need someone who is able to understand their mental stress, responsibilities and how their mind works.
This is where counsellors come in. A school counsellor is defined as one who works in primary (elementary and middle) schools and/or secondary schools to provide academic, career, college access/affordability/admission, and social-emotional competencies to all students through a school counselling program.
So, as per the definition, the biggest benefit is that they guide and prepare students for the academic, career and social challenges that they will face. They do this through counselling for the future success of their students.
Sometimes, students need a little push and motivation in the right direction that counsellors can provide. They encourage students to overcome their mental turmoil and worries by talking about them. They guide students about problems going on elsewhere, bullying or anything that might affect the student’s life.
They also bring in parents and guardian if the situation calls for it to solve the issue internally such that it benefits the student or to discuss the probability of needing outside help.
Counselling parents and guardians is sometimes equally necessary because they are the ones who give the greatest support to the student. They do this to ensure that everyone – parent, teacher and student is on the same page when it comes to issues regarding the student. They also provide counselling to parents when they come to them with questions regarding student behaviours, discipline and other related problems.
Whether the student or the parent needs extra support, the counsellor is always there to provide it.
Hopefully, more and more schools understand the importance of this in the lives of the students.