The following are frequently asked questions regarding the School Counseling Department:


What is a Professional School Counselor?

“The professional school counselor is a certified/licensed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social, and career development needs.”

Source: The Role of the Professional School Counselor. American School Counselor Association. Timberlake Publishing: 2005. Alexandria, VA.

School counselors are part of the general education program at Gravely and regularly have contact with all Gravely students. It is important to remember that school counseling services are not considered special education, nor are they considered therapy.


How do Professional School Counselors deliver their program?

Professional school counselors deliver their program in the following ways: counseling individuals and small groups, conducting classroom guidance lessons, collaborating with school staff and community agencies, supporting students with special needs, and offering crisis intervention and prevention.

School Counselors also provide the following services for parents and guardians: parent workshops (parent education and discussion groups), referrals to community resources, and information about situations that may be harmful to students.


How do Professional School Counselors manage their program?

Professional school counselors manage the program through weekly meetings with administration, and through regular collaboration with the Counseling Advisory Committee. Additionally, counselors work toward allotting 80% of their time in direct services to students (individual and small group counseling) in accordance with the ASCA National Model.


How do Professional School Counselors measure the progress of their program?

Professional school counselors collect data on the effectiveness of classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling sessions, etc., and analyze this data to constantly improve the program. This data is reported to the administration as well as the county supervisor.


How does a student get in touch with a counselor?

Students may refer themselves to the counselor by filling out a “Notes to the Counselor” form located in the hallway outside of the counseling offices, as well as in each classroom.


How does a parent get in touch with a counselor?

A parent can contact a counselor via phone at 571-248-4930, email, or by sending a note in with his/her child. 


What are the ethical standards of a counselor?

“The professional school counselor keeps information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. Counselors will consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of an exception.”

Source: Ethical Standards for School Counselors. American School Counselor Association.

Parents have the right to know what their child has discussed with the counselor in a counseling session. The counselors encourage students to take the initiative to talk to their parents about counseling sessions. This keeps parents informed, but also promotes the necessary rapport and trust between the counselor and the student.