School counseling is a specialist field of psychology but why are counselors needed at schools?
Traditionally school has been for teachers and students. Today other professionals and parents have a bigger role in the lives of school children. This is a great benefit to schools and children because it offers them greater support, services and experiences to learn and grow from. Yet you may wonder why counseling in schools is needed. This is partly because it is not well known what school counselors or psychologists actually do.
How Can School Counselors Help?
Children sometimes need extra support that teachers are not able to provide due to time limitations, lack of experience or lack of specific qualifications related to counseling children. This leaves a gap in the services and help a school can provide children. As schools are a vital community for children it is important that they approach their role in a child’s life as holistically as possible.
Counseling in schools can help children and young people with problems they may be having with their academic work, social skills, behavior or feelings. It can help a child cope with difficult times in school (such as being bullied) or outside of school. Psychological research shows that things like family illness, divorce or a death in the family can impact how well a child can function in school – especially at first. Having a counselor at the school means children can be supported through this time in the place they spend a great deal of time in already. Counselors can also help a child who has trouble learning or mixing with other children.
Including counselors and psychologists in schools helps a school take a whole child approach rather than merely focusing on academics. This is important as the academic side of school is easily influenced by the social, behavioral and emotional sides of a child. So not only does it improve a child’s quality of life it also helps them succeed at school.