Frequently Asked Questions regarding the school counselor

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the school counselor


What is the role of a school counselor?

The role of the school counselor is to meet with students individually, in small groups, during classroom lessons, and for Lunch Bunches. School counselors also consult with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and school psychologists to ensure school success for students. School counselors coordinate a wide variety of services


For more information regarding the profession of school counseling, visit the American School Counseling Association website (ASCA) at:


                           How can I reach Mrs. Hersom


CCS (354-2312) on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday



Who can see a school counselor?

The school counselor is available for ALL students. “In order to effectively promote the physical and emotional safety of all students, it is the policy of RSU #13 to permit access to counseling services to any student voluntarily requesting such services. All student conversations with the school counselor will be confidential and privileged, unless information provided by the student indicates that:

A.   The student is considering, or is involved in behavior(s) that would place him/her or another person in imminent danger. Suicide threats or threats of harm to specific individuals are instances where confidentiality responsibilities are secondary to the obligation to prevent harm.

B.  The counselor has reasonable cause to suspect, as a result of information received, that the student has been abused or neglected.

C.    The student is willing to give permission to the counselor to release information.”


Why might someone want to talk to the school counselor?


         There are many reasons why a student may want to meet with Mrs. Hersom. The following are a list of reasons (but are not limited to):


                  *Sharing successes, improvements, and  achievements

                  *The loss of a significant person or pet

                  *Stress &/or anger management issues        

            *Family changes (divorce, separation, new baby, moving)

                  *Friendship issues

                  *Conflict resolution