The Boston Latin School guidance services begin with the Class VI orientation and extend through post-high school planning. Services are available to all students, parents and school staff in a variety of settings and are developmental, preventative, and remedial in nature. Counseling services and guidance programs are vital components of the educational process which enable students to assess their needs, recognize their abilities, and formulate strategies to achieve their potential.
School guidance counselors at all levels are certified professionals specifically trained in counseling theory and practice. The services are differentiated by attention to age-specific developmental stages of growth, tasks, and interests. School counselors guide students to self-awareness so that they can make sound decisions and become responsible, productive, life-long learners. School counselors themselves are committed to the pursuit of professional competence and continued growth and development by remaining up-to-date on trends and innovations in the profession.
Beginning in Class VI, counselors orient students and parents to the variety of counseling services available at the school and establish solid relationships which lay the foundation for continuing to work with school counselors at the next level. First and foremost, school counselors throughout the school are advocates for their students. In addition, school counselors assume a variety of roles and select the most appropriate one depending on the presenting concern.
An important obligation of school counselors is to maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. School counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to him or herself or to others.
The Role of School Counselor
Counseling is a helping process in which the school counselor provides a safe, nurturing environment. By establishing a trusting, confidential working relationship, students can share their feelings and develop positive solutions to personal issues. Often, the focus is on problem solving, decision making and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development. Parents, teachers, administrators, and students can initiate a referral to the school counselor. Following are some of the ways in which counselors work with the entire school community.
Working with students:
Working with each other:
Students in Classes V and VI will be assigned a counselor for two years. When a student moves on to Class IV, he or she is assigned a new counselor who will work with that individual for the next four years.
Classes V and VI Counselors
The primary role is to be a student's advocate during the critical years of early adolescence when a student’s emotional, social and physical development is rapidly changing. Early adolescence brings with it problems which students often carry to the classroom. These problems may affect learning.
Specific Functions:assist students with their acclimation to BLS
Class I, II, III and IV Counselors
The primary role is to implement a developmental guidance program that will serve the needs of all students.