Philosophy of School Counseling Essay

1083 Words Feb 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Human Nature
It is human nature to take the easy way when given a choice between an easy option and a difficult one. However, the easy way is not always the best way to grow and progress. Growth occurs when adversity is present, not when there is an absence of adversity and everything is easy. The Roman poet Horace observed, "Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant." Horace's contention examines the role that adversity plays in the development of one’s character and understanding difficulty and suffering. It is in times of trouble, when adversities thrusts itself upon one that true character is make known. I am an optimist and believe that people are fundamentally good
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This conversation helped me to understand the need to refer a student out to medical or mental health professionals when the need would be warranted for whatever mental health disorder that a professional school counselor could not assist with. The school counseling program is closely connected to the scope, functions, and activities of the school.
Client Resources
Client resources are vital to have on hand to be able to share with parents and students. In our school district the professional school counselor at Hawthorne Elementary School is the homeless liaison and all of those materials are kept in the office for when the need arises for their use. Information is printed about free food, free clothing, and other low cost necessities of life so that I can share these important resources with families that I work with. Information on how to apply for aid when anyone is a victim of a violent crime is also available. I was surprised at how many people didn’t know about this program. Community counseling is available in town and out of town for various issues to help families that are struggling. These resources would be incorporated as I see needs, but also some of the literature is on display in my office.
Goals for Counseling
Goals for counseling are set by three primary entities. As a professional school counselor, I would set goals to meet needs of students in compiling an annual

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