A School Counseling Overview


Whether you're considering or pursuing a school counseling career, or you're already on the job, sometimes it's good to have an overview of what this work is about and what to expect on the job.

The articles in this section of the website are here to answer some common questions I hear from my students at Ottawa University, everything from definitions to abbreviations to school politics, and beyond.

I hope this information is helpful. I know some of it changes regularly, so if you have updated information to add, I'm happy to have it! Please let me know through the "Contact Susan" page.






NOTE: I'll be adding articles to this section over time. Thanks for your patience while I'm building the site!






For an overview of the various players and job titles in the school counseling world, go to the "Who's Who In School Counseling" page.


For an overview of the different duties and issues in working with elementary, middle school, high school, and community college students, go to the "Grade Level Differences" page.


For a list of your own questions to bring to a job interview, go to the "Questions to Ask in an Interview" page.


For tips and suggestions about how to handle common student issues and patterns, please go to any of the following pages:

Tips For Working With Students, Part 1 of 6
Tips For Working With Students, Part 2 of 6

Tips For Working With Students, Part 3 of 6

Tips For Working With Students, Part 4 of 6

Tips For Working With Students, Part 5 of 6

Tips For Working With Students, Part 6 of 6






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