Page ContentParents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school.Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement; personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success.Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. They support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community and address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program.Professional school counselors provide culturally competent services to students, parents/guardians, and school staff. They are indeed an essential component of our educational system. What do School Counselors Do? VCSB's school counselors utilize the developmental guidance approach. This means school counselors identify age-appropriate skills that all students need to be successful in school and work. The guidance curriculum is correlated with the Next Generation Standards in health and social studies supporting student learning of many concepts taught in these classes.Guidance Curriculum - teaches skills in effective communication, decision-making and problem-solving, understanding self and others, school success, career planning, and community involvement. Curriculum is taught through classroom guidance, small group activities and school-wide programs.Academic Counseling - assist students with monitoring and managing their educational and career plans. Students learn how to access a variety of information regarding occupations, colleges, military, scholarships and financial aid, and personal health and wellness.Mental Health Counseling - address the personal and social concerns of students which may affect academic achievement. Individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and crisis intervention help students cope with stress, manage anger, and deal with grief and loss. School counselors also consult and collaborate with faculty and staff, administrators, and parents in regards to absences, truancy and discipline problems.