Walter Bickett Elementary Counseling FAQs


    How does a student see the counselor?

    • Student Request
    • Teacher/Staff referral
    • Parent referral
    • Counselor invitation
    • Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult
    • An appropriate court order is received


    What happens when I visit the school counselor?

    School counselors are specially trained to help students deal with problems and reach their goals.  Counselors meet with students one at a time or in small groups to discuss feelings and actions. Counselors and students also draw, write, read, and play learning games as part of working out problems and developing good habits. Classroom lessons are another way that counselors help students develop skills in citizenship, problem-solving, and working well with others.


    Information that students share in the context of counseling will be kept confidential.  However, there are limits to maintaining confidentiality as required by law and ethics. 

    These include:

    • Intent to harm self or others 

    What is a school counselor?

    School counselors help students work on barriers that are interfering with school success and self-confidence. They support parents and teachers in guiding students to be the best they can be. Sometimes students need help with making smart choices and with handling feelings. Having someone to talk with is part of working things out.   Counselors work with parents, teachers and administration to help students achieve academic and social success.