Sunday, February 25, 2018

Making a Safe Place for Students Who Identify as Furries, Therians, and Otherkins

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Recently my daughter and I were having a conversation about "furries" as I was getting dressed for work (we have a lot of random conversations).  It had been several years since I had a student who actually dressed as an animal and it brought back memories of him sitting in my office crying because other students made fun of him.  In our conversation, my daughter was quick to point out that there are whole communities of people who self identify as animals, elves, vampires, dragons, and so on. As she was talking, it occurred to me that the majority of school counselors are unconsciously unaware of their existence in the school community. I shared with her that this was a great idea for a blog post and she rolled her eyes at me.  Undeterred by her negative reaction, I decided it would be helpful to write about these subcultures that are often hidden in our mainstream culture and schools.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on students who identify as "furries," "therians," or "otherkins."  This post is from my limited research and my expertise with working with students over the last two decades. I always welcome any comments or corrections.

The Animal Mystique

Since early times, human beings have had a fascination with both the animal and mythical worlds.  In fact, think of all the novels and movies about werewolves, vampires, elves, fairies that have become popular in our current culture.

The Twilight Series introduced teens to humans who could take other forms

To many, there is something fascinating about animal and mythical creatures. As a child, my mom shared with me that I wanted to be a dog. She told me one summer I actually loved playing in the dog house with our German Shepherd despite her warnings that I was going to get into trouble. Bullet was never judgmental, he was always kind, and he loved me no matter what I did to him. When my friends came around to my house, Bullet was very protective of me which frightened them (to be honest they probably should have been scared because some days I wanted to turn him out on them when we didn't get along). So, in a way, I can understand why some people would rather identify with animals as they are seen as symbols of power and safety from an unsafe world.

Now 30 years later, we have Delilah.  She is in time out for not being a good listener.
So now that we know an attraction to the animal and mystic realms is real, I want to share a little bit about these subcultures of students who truly identify as animal, elves, and fairies.  I believe in order to be a culturally informed school counselor, it is important to know the appropriate terminology of students who self identify as animals or other beings so you are prepared if they show up at your door. 

Furries, Therians, & Otherkins

According to Psychology Today, "furries" are "fans of media that features anthropomorphic animals" or, in other words, animals that talk, walk, and act like humans. Demographically, this group consists of white males with above average IQ in their teens and early 20s with an interest in computers, video games, and anime. Also, "furries" are seven times more likely to identify as transgender and five times more likely to identify as homosexual. In addition, Furscience found that many "furries" create a "fursona" they can identify with (fox, wolf, cat, etc.) and may wear very elaborate costumes and paraphernalia such as animal ears and tails. Many, who identify as "furries", feel safety in a social community that will not judge them for their unconventional beliefs. Taking it one step further is the "therians". "Therians" are a small subset of "furries" who believe they are spiritually connected to their animal and are trapped in their human body. On a different level there are "otherkins". Through the revolution of the internet in the early 1990's, a term was coined by self-identifying elf,  R’ykanadar Korra’ti, that identified individuals who thought of themselves as nonhuman. This new term was know as "otherkin." Like "therians", "otherkins" feel trapped in their human body and spiritually connect to other nonhumans like elves, dragons, vampires, and other mystical creatures.

According to Furscience,  for those who identify as "furries", "therians", or "otherkins", the research indicates that the majority of them have never shared their interests with family members, often feel socially isolated, and believe that society would mistreat them for their beliefs. In addition, many who seek counseling for depression or anxiety were driven away because of the therapist's focus on their beliefs rather than their mental health issues. Therefore, researchers suggest that membership in this culture is seen as part of maintaining their psychological well-being from an unsafe society.

Now that we have some minuscule understanding of what it means to self identify as a "furry", "therian", "otherkin", what can school counselors do to support these students?

Tips for School Counselors to Support Students Self Identifying as "Furries", "Therians", or "Otherkins"

1.  Make yourself available and visible to all students.  

As you would make yourself available to a student with an academic issue or a student who identifies as LGBTQ, making yourself known as a student advocate for all students is essential.  GLSEN offers a safe space kit that has stickers and posters that can be displayed in your office for students.  Since many "furries", "therians", and "otherkins" often identify as non-heterosexual, this may be a good way for them to know that you are open to seeing all students.

2.  Be supportive of students who share their differences.

Whether it is self-injurious behavior, coming out as LGBTQ, or identifying as a "furry" or "otherkin", being supportive of the person is paramount.  What does support look like for a student who tells you something very personal?

3. Teach others to be an ally for those who are targets of bullying.

The Anti-Defamation League has published a list of six simple steps to help students to be supportive of others who may be facing bullying behavior.

4. Don't focus on their identity, but on the problem they want to work on.

Often students refuse to come to the school counselor because they are afraid they will be judged or thought of as "crazy".  In fact, many sites where "furries" and "otherkins" visit often express the fear of being thought of as mentally ill and locked up.   As a school counselor, it is important that we make all students feel comfortable that they can talk to us and we are not going to "freak out" if they share something personal with us.  So if a student comes to you feeling anxious and expresses that they are an elf, it is important you do not focus on the "elf" disclosure.  Providing the student with strategies for anxiety will be more helpful than discussing why they believe they are a elf.  

5.  Consult with colleagues and other therapist who may have worked with students who identify as one of these sub groups.

I can't say enough about how important it is to consult with other colleagues and experts.  In fact, I regularly consult with others and make a common practice to reach out if I am not sure how to work with a particular student.

6.  If you feel uncomfortable, refer but pursue additional training and supervision.
The 2016 ASCA Ethical Standards indicate that school counselors should...

"Refrain from referring students based solely on the school counselor’s personal beliefs or values rooted in one’s religion, culture, ethnicity or personal worldview. School counselors maintain the highest respect for student diversity. School counselors should pursue additional training and supervision in areas where they are at risk of imposing their values on students, especially when the school counselor’s values are discriminatory in nature. School counselors do not impose their values on students and/or families when making referrals to outside resources for student and/or family support."

Before writing this article, I have to admit I was anxious about working with students who self identify as one of these sub cultures.  However, now I am reminded that they are students who deserve to be treated like anyone else which makes me feel more at ease.  I am not saying I am an expert (by no means), but educating ourselves can alleviate a lot of fear about the unknown when working with these students.  I hope this post may be helpful if you have a student who reveals that he/she self identifies as one of these groups.  

Thursday, February 15, 2018

National Peer Helpers Appreciation/Recognition Week: March 19-23, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I don't know if you have noticed, but I have not written a post in over a month (sigh).  Unfortunately, my life has been inundated with grant writing, training, and conferences so I have fallen short on keeping up with my high school counseling blog.  

Feeling the need to keep my blog current, I decided to come up for air long enough to post an event that means a lot to me as a peer helper coordinator.  Each year, the National Association for Peer Program Professionals sponsors a National Peer Helping Week. Not sure about National Peer Helping Week?  No worries!! Consider joining the National Association of Peer Program Professionals for their free February webinar.  This month's webinar will prepare peer helping coordinators on how to promote and recognize their peer helping programs.  All participants will learn about National Peer Helping Week and how to use our free kit.

Date: February 26th
Time:  6:00 PM EST

National Peer Helper Week
March 19-23, 2018

2016 Peer Helper Ceremony

Celebrating my students at their school

Looking forward to writing regular informational posts soon!  

Monday, January 8, 2018

My Top School Counseling Blogs of 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

It is hard to believe that this is my fifth year anniversary for my blog!!!  Since its inception, my blog has been just a method for sharing my reflections, experiences, and thoughts with other high school counselors.  Maybe this will be the year for some expansion and graphic changes...who knows???  So to celebrate my anniversary, I decided to give a shout out to the other blogs that I regularly frequent and read.  I love each of these blogs for many different reasons, but they all have one thread in common...committed authors who love sharing with other school counselors.  I hope you will visit each blog and find some great resources, ideas, or even products to use in your practice.

My Top School Counseling Blogs for 2018

College Counselor Traci-I love Traci's creative posts, resources, and products.  Traci, a junior college counselor, has a gift for creating helpful resources and making exclusive products for school counselors.

Confident Counselor's Connection- Check out this monthly roundup of resources, products, best practices, articles, comic relief, blog posts, giveaways, and ideas in action . This blog is a labor of love by 20 counselor bloggers!!

Counselor's Corner-High School counselor Patrick O'Connor's blog contains great information for high school counselors and high school students. I am always impressed by his insightful posts!

Erin Luong's Reflection on Counselling, Education, Leadership, and Technology-Blog written by Alberta, Canadian school counsellor, Erin Luong.  Erin writes on a wide variety of subjects!

Franciene Sabens-School Counselor Space-Illinois High School Counselor of the Year who has a lot of great resources for professional school counselors! Franciene always has practical tips and information that can be employed in your practice.

The Middle School Counselor-Inspiring blog written by the New York School Counselor of the Year and former high school counselor, Carol Miller.  Although not a high school blog, Carol has a great blog with ideas that can be used with high school students.  In addition to her blog, Carol creates and sells school counseling t-shirts on her site (check them out!).

Susan Spellman Cann-School Counsellor Talk-Retired Canadian school counselor and psychologist who hosts a variety of chats (#ETMOOC &  #SCCrowd) and provides a lot of digital resources for professional school counselors.

The College Solution -Although this blog is not written by a high school counselor or educator, it is definitely worth your time to look at this site by Lynn O’Shaughnessy.  She is a former news reporter who writes about "all things college" from financial aid, party schools, standardized testing, and much more!

The Counseling Geek-Outstanding website created by California high school counselor and technology guru, Jeff Ream. The goal of the website is to help school counselors with their technology needs.  In addition to helping counselors with their technology needs, Jeff has set up the ASCA Scholarship fund. 

The Helpful School Counselor-Not only does Heather have well written posts, but she even offers staff development courses for school counselors.  Her latest course on Relational Aggression gives school counselors helpful information to promote social emotional learning among students.

School Counselor Central - Blog managed by Dean Pacchiana and Dr. Deborah Hardy which posts weekly ideas as lessons and activities.  In addition to the blog, SCC has a Facebook and Pinterest page!!

Although these are my favorites, there are many other great blogs for elementary and middle school counselors.  Check out other blog favorites from some of my counseling colleagues and authors.

Feedspot authors regularly update and feature many popular school counseling blogs on its site. Check out their post on the top 60 school counselor blogs!

Beside featuring only school counseling blogs, Barbara LoFrisco complied a list of her top 50 counseling sites.  There is a lot of diversity on this list!

Check out the Online Counseling Programs top school counseling blog list for 2017.

Professor Erin Mason features popular blogs written by professional school counselors from all levels.

Author Jeff Ream recently authored a post about his eight favorite blogs on his popular blog.

As always, thank you for reading my blog!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

About a year ago,  I bought a new car which kind of forced me to purchase satellite radio (Hair Nation rocks!). The other day I got a wild hair (pardon the pun) and decided to explore some other stations.  As I was exploring, I came upon an old radio program that was on when I was a kid called Casey Kasem's Top 40 Countdown (for you younger school counselors, Ryan Seacrest has become the new Casey Kasem). It was so awesome to go back in time and listen to those forgotten hits that were popular when I was growing up. As I was driving, it occurred to me that it was time to share my countdown of the top ten posts of the year from For High School Counselor's Blog.

So, let's get started...

I have received a lot of response from this blog post...some disbelief and some just basic shock.  As a school counselor, it is important to  understand that drugs are a pervasive part of the culture of youth.  Although we may not be able to prevent all drug use, we certainly can be aware of the most dangerous trends that threaten to destroy the lives of our students. This post will be updated in 2018.

After taking a class in Trauma and the Brain from Georgia State University, I decided to write this post for school counselors.  Understanding the brain's role in trauma is super important and learning trauma informed practices can make a huge difference when working with your students.  

Trauma Informed Practices and Resources for School Counselors

This post certainly resonated with many school counselors and has been featured on other school counseling blogs (thank you to those who shared!).  Self care is essential in our field and many of us still fail to take care of our mental or physical health.  Maybe you will find a tip or two that will be helpful to you in this post.

End of the Year Tips for the Overworked Counselor

After attending the Georgia School Counselor Conference in 2016, I decided to share the idea of creating a comfort kit for students who experience self-harm.  There are a lot of great ideas of how to put together your own kit in this post.

Comfort Kits for Students Who Self-Harm

Ever since I pinned this information in 2013, I have gotten many shares and likes from school counselors at different levels.  Each year, I like to include a revised list of my favorite websites, blogs, and resources which you can  also find on my blog.

173 High School Counseling Websites and Resources

As a school counselor, it is not always clear what we should do when we experience students who engage in non-suicidal self harm.  I decided to write this post after I attended a training session on self injury among adolescents.  

I discovered the power of coloring among teens as a school counselor several years ago and decided to share some resources that may be helpful to other high school counselors.  This post has been widely shared and liked by other professionals and parents.

We all know the movie called The Bucket List.  However, if you are unaware of this movie, here is the plot in one sentence. This movie chronicles the journey of two elderly gentlemen who decide to do the things they always wanted to do before they, well... "kick the bucket." Since the senior year is often stressful and hectic for our students, I decided to share of list of fun things we could share for them to do before they graduate.  

This is another post that I have received a lot of response from school counselors.  Unfortunately, as a school counselor, you may be asked to fix a student's hygiene issues. If you find yourself in this situation, I hope that some of these suggestions are helpful.

Many school counselors, like myself, love forms. Therefore, I decided to write a post that features over 1,000 forms.  In 2018, I may update this post and make it 2,000!!

Well, that is my top 10 list for 2017.  Next year, I hope to continue to write informative and helpful posts for my counseling colleagues.

  Until then, in the words of Casey Kasem...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Disaster Resources for School Counselors

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to an end in three weeks! Being an eternal optimist, I love to see each year end on a positive note; however, 2017 may disappoint me...sigh.

Looking back over this year, the United States (and many other countries for that fact) has seen its fair share of natural and human disasters. Here is a quick highlight of some of these US disasters over the last year.


2017 saw over 204 storms making it one of the top 10 busiest seasons in the Atlantic Basin.  Many communities, such as Miami and Houston, experienced devastation and flooding.

Source: The Weather Channel


This year over 1,1 million acres have been burned in Northern and Southern California due to drought and windy conditions.  2017 is now considered as the second worst season in acres burned since 1987!

Acts of Terrorism

In 2017, there have been 10 violent acts of terrorism against US citizens from Florida to Las Vegas.

  • 5 killed and 6 injured in a mass shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport.
  • Fatal shooting of Denver Transit Authority Guard.
  • Stabbing attack in New York City.
  • Shooting attack targeting Republican lawmakers (5 wounded).
  • Vehicle attack of protestors (1 protestor killed).    
  • Church shooting in Tennessee (attacker killed).
  • Shooting at concert in Las Vegas (59 concert goers killed and 527 injured).
  • Attacker killed 8 when he drove into a bike path in New York City.
  • Church shooting in Texas (27 killed and 30 wounded).
  • Pipe bomb exploded injuring 3 people in New York City.

School Shootings

In 2017, there have been three school shootings.  Here is a list of school shootings that have occurred this year.


North Park Elementary School, San Bernardino, California
Teacher killed by estranged husband and 2 students are wounded.


Freeman High School, Spokane, Washington
One student killed and 3 wounded by a Sophomore student.


Aztec High School, Aztec, New Mexico
After illegally trespassing on campus,  a former student kills 2 students and then dies by suicide.

Role of the School Counselor During Disaster

Truly, 2017 was a year full of tragedy and confusion!  Unfortunately, these types of events often  have devastating impacts on our students and families.  More than ever, school counselors need to be trauma informed experts

Exactly what is a trauma informed expert?  In 2016, ASCA created a position statement describing the role of the school counselor in promoting trauma sensitive environments in their school community.  

Role of a Trauma Informed School Counselor

ASCA gives clear guidance on how to become a trauma informed school counselor.

• recognize the signs of trauma in students
• understand traumas need not predict individual failure if sufficient focus on resilience and strengths is present
• avoid practices that may re-traumatize students
• create connected communities and positive school climates that are trauma-sensitive to keep students healthy and in school and involved in positive social networks
• implement effective academic and behavioral practices, such as positive behavioral interventions and supports and social and emotional learning
• promote safe, stable and nurturing relationships
• provide community resource information to students and families dealing with trauma
• educate staff on the effects of trauma and how to refer students to the school counselor
• collaborate with community resources to provide support for students
• promote a trauma-sensitive framework for policies, procedures and behaviors to entire staff
• recognize the role technology can play in magnifying trauma incidents for students
What to know more about trauma informed practices?  Check out the link for training from ASCA...

Also, want to do more for your community?  Consider becoming as a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with Red Cross.  You will learn how to respond in a disaster,  Psychological First Aid skills, and much more!  I have served as a DMH Volunteer for two years!!

Resources for School Counselors

I feel that it is important for school counselors to have research based resources.  If you need resources for your school, that has experienced a natural or human disaster,  check out the list of resources below.



Coping with Trauma and Stress in the Face of Wildfires

Tips for Managing Stress After Wildfires


NCTSN: Talking to Students About Bombings

NCTSN: Terrorism Resources

Natural Disasters

Disaster Distress Helpline

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth After a Disaster

Helping Kids During a Crisis

Other Resources

School Crisis Guide

Trauma Resources for Teachers

Resources from For High School Counselors

School Shootings and the School Counselor

School Counselor Resources for Displaced Students

Trauma Informed Resources for School Counselors
Here is to a better 2018!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Guest Post: Four Major Misconceptions about School Counseling

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Four Major Misconceptions about School Counseling

By: Sheldon Soper

I am pleased to have a quality piece written by Sheldon Soper on the misconceptions about school counseling.  

Sheldon Soper is a New Jersey middle school teacher with over a decade of classroom experience teaching students to read, write, and problem-solve across multiple grade levels. He holds teaching certifications in English, Social Studies, and Elementary Education as well as Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the field of education. In addition to his teaching career, Sheldon is also a content writer for a variety of education, technology, and parenting websites. You can follow Sheldon on Twitter @SoperWritings and on his blog. 

Four Major Misconceptions about School Counseling

It takes dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate professionals to help students achieve academic success. Still, today’s students face a litany of challenges that reach far beyond academics.

Stakeholders like teachers, tutors, administrators, and parents all play key roles in helping students succeed. Often overlooked, the school counselor is actually one of the most vital yet underappreciated pieces in the support equation. Part of the reason for this oversight is that there are numerous misconceptions about what a school counselor actually does.
I spoke with two accomplished school counselors about these misconceptions in an effort to unpack the vital roles school counseling plays in fostering a positive and productive school community.
Our conversations provided eye-opening insights into just how much effort, passion, flexibility, and expertise go into being a school counselor.

Misconception 1: “Aren’t school counselors just guidance counselors?”

In recent years, there has been a deliberate shift away from using the term “guidance counselor” to describe counselors in schools. One of the main reasons for the evolution is that the guidance counselor archetype from decades past represents only a fraction of what modern school counseling encompasses. Gone are the days where a counselor’s role began and ended with college and career prep.
Hence, there is potential harm in failing to distance the profession and its efforts from the preconceptions tied to the antiquated title. Phyllis Fagell explains:
“I think some people think that school counselors are solely paper pushers or schedulers or involved in discipline. School counselors have master’s degrees and use data, creativity, and evidence-based practices to remove barriers to learning. Many of us are licensed mental health professionals as well[.]”
Some counselors, like Barbara Gruener, acknowledge the rationale for the shift, but find ways to repurpose the term as a reflection of the amazing work today’s school counselors actually do.
“I think a perception about school counseling might still be that we are guidance counselors just focused on college and careers like way back when. [...] I don’t mind the word guidance personally, because I like to think of myself as a guide through a child’s journey down Character Road, but I get the semantics behind the reframe, because we do so much more.”
For many, the term guidance counselor still carries with it overly simplified connotations of the position’s role in the educational landscape. By renaming the profession with a title reflective of its school-wide importance, the value of a counselor’s impact on the learning community is less likely to be overlooked.

Misconception 2: “School counselors stir up and validate student drama.”

Spend enough time in schools (or raising teenagers) and your head will spin with the amount of focus kids put on their peer relationships. With the advent of social media and smart phones, students now carry their social lives in their pockets everywhere they go.
One of the negative consequences of this evolution is that since there are now so many new platforms where students’ relationships with each other can play out, there are that many more opportunities for potential misunderstandings, conflicts, and even bullying.
School counseling plays a key role in helping students navigate the social and emotional challenges of a socially interconnected world. By offering students opportunities where they can speak freely with reasonable assurances of confidence, counselors give students the opportunity to have their thoughts and feelings heard by an unbiased third party.
However, the work doesn’t stop there. Counseling is not just a venue for students to gain adult validation for their social concerns. Gruener describes:
“School counselors are connectors. We help students connect to one another and to their friends. We help them build healthy relationships based on good character choices. We stretch and nourish those glorious virtues like empathy, compassion, and kindness so that they position themselves to be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.”
Helping students foster these types of relationships can have positive implications for their academic success as well. Fagel attests, “[W]e know that a kid in crisis won’t perform well academically. We need to educate the whole child and teach soft skills such as conflict resolution”.
Effective school counseling does not perpetuate interpersonal student issues; it is instrumental in both solving and preventing them.

Misconception 3: “Only the troubled kids see the school counselor.”

The link between the term counseling and the field of mental health leads to a common misconception about a school counselor’s clientele.
School counselors do offer support and coping mechanisms to those in need. Gruener clarifies:
“We connect people to resources when the game of life throws them a curveball. Families fall apart, pets and/or people pass away, parents fall on hard times, things change ... Feelings get tender, raw, hurt, so we’re there to help [people] bounce forward into their new normal, to see that sometimes when it feels like we’re buried, we’re really just planted.”
Nevertheless, the services of the school counselor are not limited to those in times of emotional distress. As Gruener also articulates, “the perception that if you see the counselor you might be in trouble - or worse, troubled - couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
It is common for parents, teachers, and administrators to seek out a school counselor’s expert advice on any number of student-related issues. While the majority of conversations during counseling remain in confidence, the unique and unprejudiced perspectives of school counselors provide benefits to all members of the school community’s stakeholders.
Fagel recounts some of these types of experiences from her career:
“Over the years I’ve testified in court, made home visits, scheduled courses, guided parents through the special education process, helped facilitate communication between home and school, and taught kids everything from cyber-civility to mindfulness.”
School counselors like Fagel, Gruener, and others like them, possess a wide range of expertise and regularly are called upon to put it to use in service of a community much broader than just troubled students.

Misconception 4: “School counselors only do ‘X’.”

School counseling takes on numerous forms depending on the needs of a school and its population.
The reality is, today’s school counselors have to wear many hats. Unfortunately, as with countless professions, there is a tendency to try to oversimplify the job description in such a way that undercuts the versatility and diversity of their work.
As Fagell stresses, “There’s really no ‘typical’ for a school counselor.” She elaborates:
“School counselors attend to students’ academic performance and mental health, impart social-emotional skills and help them plan for the future. They work with kids individually, in groups, and in the classroom, but they also strategize with teachers and administrators, provide parent education and support, create programming and collaborate with outside professionals. Sometimes they need to function more like social workers, securing resources for families in crisis.”
For education veteran Gruener, she has filled similar roles working under the title of school counselor. Beyond counseling students, she has also tackled additional responsibilities ranging from the social media specialist to the service-learning coordinator. She monitors lunch duty and also serves as the mandated reporter of abuse or neglect.
These trained professionals, like many counselors in schools across the country, possess skills, training, and perspectives uniquely suited for optimizing student growth and aiding the key players in the process.
The counseling school counselors provide extends well beyond the classroom; counselors support the whole child, not just the part that exists within the school walls.
“We’re not the guidance counselors of past generations,” asserts Fagell. “That said, I think there’s a trend toward appreciating the critical role that counselors play in the school setting.”
She continues:
"School counselors know that if we want to prepare kids for the future, we need to look beyond math or social studies. Students need to be resourceful, responsible, considerate and willing to take risks. […] Teachers know that creativity, collaboration and resilience matter as much as academics, but the problem is that those traits are harder to measure than grades and test scores.”
Therein lies the major complication in both defining school counseling and highlighting the importance of school counselors: while it is easy to point to data like rising math scores to demonstrate a math program’s effects, there are no standardized tests for things like socialization and emotional strength. Some of the most important work a school counselor carries out happens behind the scenes, in unquantifiable ways, often sealed in confidence. Other times, counseling extends beyond the counselor’s office and finds its way into the classroom or the community at large.
Because of that fact, it can be easy to give in to misconceptions and fail to both understand and celebrate the uniquely imperative roles school counselors fill within their greater school communities.