School Counselor Mission
Missoula County Public Schools Professional School Counselors empower all students, regardless of differences or circumstance, to maximize their potential as lifelong learners and become productive members of our local and global community.
How do I see my counselor?
Students can visit the counseling center between classes, at lunch, before school or after school. It is critical for students to be in class, but they may get a pass from their classroom teacher to come to the counseling center. If the counselor is not available, leave a note requesting an appointment. Counselors will see students as soon as they are available. In the event of an emergency, students may visit with another available counselor. Parents can always call/email and schedule an appointment.
School counselors work with all students, school staff, families, and members of the community as an integral part of the education program. School counseling programs promote school success through a focus on academic achievement, prevention and intervention activities, advocacy and social/emotional and career development (American School Counselor Association). School counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. School counselors do not provide long term therapy. When issues go beyond the training of a school counselor, parents are encouraged to seek therapy within the community.What do counselors do?
- Provide direct counseling services to students individually and in groups
- Provide educational support services to parents
- Provide consultation services to teachers
- Facilitate referrals to community support services
- Advise students on academic planning
- Provide career guidance to students
- Maintain resources on careers and post-secondary education
- Serve on school and community committees addressing the needs of young people
- Provide conflict resolution services to students
In order to build and maintain trust in counseling, confidentiality, is very important. We will not share any information with others unless student permission is given. The only time that counselors are obligated to break confidentiality is when a student discloses:
- That he/she is in danger of hurting him/herself or others
- Instances of previously unreported child, elder, sexual or physical abuse
- If reports of crimes that have been committed or will be committed are shared, we must intervene as deemed necessary
- If records are court ordered, we will contact parents first but may have to legally comply with the request for information
- At times, we may consult with other professionals in the best interest of the student
Please contact your counselor for specific information: