A Counsellor is one who imparts advice to another; Counselling Services include psychological, emotional, education and career counselling.
Educational counsellors are an integral part of today's schooling system. Their role serves to foster the proper emotional, social, academic, and career development of students. They help to ensure that the students of today become the well rounded adults of tomorrow.
During the elementary years, students begin to develop academically. This time shapes who they are as learners. It is imperative that school counsellors are present so that they may identify and address needs that students may have, thus eliminating stumbling blocks and promoting students' academic achievement.Counsellors assisting teachers and parents:
Counselling roles can be broken in to two different categories: proactive and responsive.
In the proactive role, a counsellor runs classes, runs group sessions, facilitates outside agencies, works with parents, runs programs like peer mediation, and participates in certain types of student support teams.
In the reactive role, a counsellor sees students for individual counselling, liaises with teachers who might be struggling with a student, and handles crisis situations (e.g. a student who is extremely upset and having an outburst).
Counsellors are also often the first-line social worker, dealing with families who’s children need assistance or are struggling outside of school.
At the undergraduate or pre-University level, the idea is for guiding and assisting students throughout their study at school, providing appropriate assistance at each stage of the student's development, growth or progress. This process often should begin with a career counselling process designed to help students develop their self-knowledge and awareness of options needed to select an academic major or a cautious career direction. Students should be guided in thinking about their interests, values, competencies, and personal characteristics. They should be advised through conversation and exercises, otherwise students often discover unidentified interests, too late. Now a days career counselling is frequently offered on a one-on-one basis, but at times this service can also be provided through group workshops, classes, or computerized guidance systems. Career counselling often includes the use of standardised assessments designed to pin point an individuals career interests, values, personality and self-identified skills.