(February 8, 2020) National School Counseling Week was February 3 -7, it is a week dedicated to recognizing the important work of school counselors across the nation. The St. Joseph School District employees 32 school counselors. School counselors deliver curriculum to all students on a variety of topics under the umbrellas of academic, career and social emotional development.
Additionally, school counselors meet with students to develop and update their Individual Career and Academic Plans as required by the state of Missouri. They provide brief individual counseling, small group counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to students who are experiencing grief/loss/death, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, family issues, stress, trauma, suicidal ideation, and academic concerns.
School counselors work with individual students, small student groups, and building staff to address school-related concerns such as: tardiness, absences and truancy, behavior, school-avoidance, and drop-out prevention. They are integral and highly valuable members of their school building’s leadership team.
At the end of the week, NWMSCA (Northwest Missouri School Counselor Association) Breakfast was held at EmpowerU. It is an annual event during National School Counselor Week to recognize school counselors. Principals and administrators are also invited to show appreciation and advocacy for school counselors.