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

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*Guidance counselor is an outdated term for School Counselor.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

Self Management Managing emotions and behaviors to achieve one’s goals

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

Social Awareness Showing understanding and empathy for others

Relationship Skills Forming positive relationships working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict

Responsible Decision Making Making ethical, constructive choices about personal and social behavior

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

Our Curriculum

Second Step

For more information:

Power Up, Speak Out!

For more information:

Picture Brittany Katzer

Brittany Katzer, M.A., NCC


Picture Kim Lee

Kim Lee, M.A.


Picture Becca Rust

Becca Fox, M.A., NCC


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Mandi Foss, M.Ed.



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

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