Developmental Guidance Counseling

What is a School Counselor?
The role of a school counselor is to help students fully develop their academic, personal and social abilities.  The counselor is a certified teacher with a master’s degree or higher in school counseling, including coursework in human growth and behavior, career development and guidance information services.

Why contact a School Counselor?
To assist a student with:
·   Transition to a new school
·   Academic achievement concerns
·   Special personal needs of a student
·   Crisis situations
·   Family transitions (divorce, death, marriage, re-marriage, new sibling, etc.)
 
What does a School Counselor do?
·    Coordinates the development of a comprehensive guidance plan based on the needs of students, parents/guardians, school staff, and community
·    Counsels with students individually and/or in groups to help students understand and appreciate their unique qualities
·    Assists students in crisis situations                                                  
·    Helps identify individual student needs
·    Conducts conferences with parents
·    Supports students by teaching skills for achieving success
·    Works collaboratively with students, parents/guardians, and teachers to identify and remove barriers that may hinder student achievement
·    Helps promote positive attitudes among students towards self, family, and community
·    School counselors adhere to strict ethical and legal standards in performance of these duties
 
How can I refer a student to the School Counselor?
  • Parent/Guardian referral
  • Teacher, administrator, or staff referral
  • Contact Marcia Mihalovic, "Mrs. M." at 507-452-3766 x1209 or email at
 
 

Contact: Marcia Mihalovic, 507-452-3766, ext. 1209