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Counseling Department

Who are school counselors?

School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student academic, career, and social/emotional success for all students by implementing a data-informed school counseling program.

School counselors help all students:

  • apply academic achievement strategies
  • manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
  • plan for postsecondary options (higher education, trade school, military, work force)


  • Hold, at minimum, a master’s degree in school counseling
  • Meet the state certification/ licensure standards
  • Fulfill continuing education requirements
  • Uphold the American School Counselor Association ethical and professional standards (ASCA, 2022)

For more information about school counselors please visit the school counselor website.


School Counselor

*Guidance counselor is an outdated term for School Counselor. It is no longer used because our duties have evolved past that of a guidance counselor. Our professional organization, the American School Counselor Association, strongly encourages the use of the title School Counselor.


  • Goal setting
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Test-taking stills
  • Attendance
  • Growth mindset
  • grade transition
  • Perseverance
  • Attitude towards learning


  • Career exploration
  • Post-secondary options
  • Interest inventories/self-reflection
  • Work-related Skills
  • School work connection

Social / Emotional

  • Empathy
  • Resilience
  • Respect/inclusion
  • Self-confidence
  • Coping skills
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Advocacy skills
  • Behavior
  • Perspective

What do school counselors do?

  • Individual student academic planning and goal-setting
  • School counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards
  • Short-term individual and small-group counseling to students
  • Referrals for long-term support
  • Collaboration with families/teachers/ administrators/community for student success
  • Advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings
  • Data analysis to identify student issues, needs and challenges

(ASCA, 2022)

Confidentiality Statement

In order to build and maintain trust in counseling, confidentiality is very important. We will not share any information with others unless student permission is given. The only time that counselors are obligated to break confidentiality is when a student discloses:

  • they’re in danger of hurting him/herself or others
  • previously unreported child, elder, sexual or physical abuse
  • crimes that have or will be committed
  • If records are court-ordered, we may have to legally comply but will contact parents first
  • At times, we may consult with other professionals in the best interest of the student

Although what takes place in individual or group counseling is confidential, parents have the right to be informed of their child’s general progress.

Classroom Lessons

Our school counselors implement classroom lessons on the following topics:

  • Hygiene
  • Bullying prevention
  • Healthy relationships
  • Career readiness
  • Digital safety
  • research based SEL curriculum


Social & Emotional Learning   Social emotional learning chart

Self Management 

Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one’s goals


Relationship Skills 

Forming positive relationships working in teams, and dealing effectively with conflict

Self Awareness 

Recognizing one’s emotions and values as well as one’s strengths and challenges


Responsible Decision Making 

Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior

Social Awareness 

Showing understanding and empathy for others


What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2022).

For more information about SEL please visit here.

Our Curriculum



If you have questions about our program or would like to refer a student for services, please contact one of our counselors.

(406) 293-8802

Suicide & Self-Harm Resources

Mental health Resources

Does your student struggle with stress, anxiety, or managing their emotions? As school counselors we teach coping skills to help students self-regulate. On the Coping Skills page there are some coping skills that can be used at home and at school.

National suicide prevention lifeline phone number 1-800-273-8255     crisis text line - text MT to 741-741

Libby Public Schools (406) 293-8802