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How much training do our school counselors have?
January 11, 2011
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I often wondered how much training and how often they are trained do our school counselor's have?  There is so much bullying these days in school, you would hope that the counselors are trained to do what they need to.  My daughter has a friend that is bi-racial and she gets picked on a lot in school.  It is terrible, especially since it is 2011.  She tells me that she tries to talk to the guidance counselor and that they really don't help her.

 

I think this is a big problem.

January 11, 2011
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I've wondered about this, too. My son is bi-racical and I'm afraid that when he gets of school age, he will be having some problems. I'd like to think that he won't, but you hear so much about bullying these days.

January 11, 2011
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wow, this honestly surprises me, when i went to school which was only 4 years ago there was litterally no bullying of bi-racial students, there was some towards openly gay, but those who did bully them were looked down upon and critisized greatly. my heart goes out to your children, i cant believe this really. i thought the younger generation was getting better, but school counselors in my opinion are no real help, there hands are tied form any real intervention by the school board, and you have to understand in public schools where violence and drug abuse is so common, bullying doesnt rank as high as an an issue as it should. i was bullied a few times, but being a boy, i had to defend myself, i dont wish that any of your children have to do that. i hate violence. but in my experiance, it is neccesary.

January 11, 2011
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just be good parents for your kids, be there for them and comfort them, i would be a very different person if i had parents like either of you, thats the best help that can ever be given to your kids.

January 12, 2011
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Oh I see it all the time in the schools near me.  It is very sad!  I try to help my daughter's friend and I tell her how special she is.  I don't think her mom is that great though.  She is no longer with the girls dad and I think she gets upset that her daughter is having problems.  Hello--- she did not choose her parents!

January 13, 2011
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I'm not sure today's "guidance" counselors have any real training, in too many cases. They also too often don't really *guide*. It's nice to know, though, that there are SOME that really care and do their best to help the children that look up to them.

January 15, 2011
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Do they actually still have counselors in schools?  With all the budget cuts, it's hard to imagine.  When I was in school, we had a slew of counselors that split up the student body.  Frankly, I would bet they have too many students assigned to them today to even know what's going on.  However, for the poster, if the counselor isn't doing anything, the parent needs to contact the principal and tell them the counselor's reaction.

January 17, 2011
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I think to be a school counselor, you would need to have certification and continuing education credits.  It depends on which state you live in.  You also need NBCC and NBPTS accreditation.  What's more, you would need to have certificates, master's degrees, doctorates, Ed.D. or PsyD. diplomas.

January 17, 2011
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I am pretty sure they have certified counselors in each school but I have not had the opportunity to meet the one in my kids' school. I would imagine they have to have specialized training not only in counseling but with regards to children.

January 17, 2011
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There are still counselors in our schools but they do little to nothing as far as I'm concerned. They failed my grandson horribly while he was in school. They didn't do anything that would help him to deal with a type of dyslexia that I think he has.

January 19, 2011
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I agree with what you say about budget cuts affecting the number of school counselors in schools. As it is there is a recognized shortage of school counselors. I think that no matter how good a counselor is, he or she will be ineffective if he or she can't reach out to the student.

January 20, 2011
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I think that you would need a bachelor's degree in either education or sociology to become a school counselor. Of course these courses would be a great way to start a Master's of Education in Counseling, which is required in most states.

January 20, 2011
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A master's education is certainly needed!  But at the very least you should have a state school counseling certification, which would require you to have counseling and teaching experience and certificates.

April 2, 2011
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March 23, 2012
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This is a very serious problem in the school system, and it's not just with bi-races but also obese, gay, and other out-of-the-ordinary physical appearances. In terms of school counselors, they usually need their masters if not PhD to work in the school system. And just like teachers, they need to be re-certificed every couple of years and often times go to conferences/seminars to learn better techniques to apply in the school system. Nonetheless, they can only do so much.

August 23, 2012
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It sounds like you know quite a bit about education. Oh that's right you're a teacher, aren't you free?

October 18, 2012
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I believe that only system is not responsible for that a good parenting can keep a pace to coordinate with school’s Authority so that they can have peer site to student. Apart than that it is essential to raise question for regular activities some strange behavior noticed requires counselor’s attention.

April 9, 2013
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Loretta said: 

Do they actually still have counselors in schools?  With all the budget cuts, it's hard to imagine.  When I was in school, we had a slew of counselors that split up the student body.  Frankly, I would bet they have too many students assigned to them today to even know what's going on.  However, for the poster, if the counselor isn't doing anything, the parent needs to contact the principal and tell them the counselor's reaction.


April 9, 2013
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Just a week back, my son was bullied by his classmates in school,and the counsellor did nothing!!!They need to be trained well to be  there for them when we are not around....

January 3, 2014
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This is a good question. 🙂 A lot of school counselors are not doing their job right, these people are responsible for students who have personalities that needs to be treated well. I think it's better if they should read one of these books from http://themillionairemaker.org/

This is just a thought. 🙂 Hope it helps. 🙂


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I think that you would need a bachelor's degree in either education or sociology to become a school counselor. 

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