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Guidance Services in Secondary Schools


byAlexanderPoirier,DemandMedia
Astudent'smiddleschoolandhighschoolyearsaresomeofthemostchallengingandimportantinhis
educationalcareer.Whiletheexactservicesofferedvaryfromschooltoschool,mostguidancecounselors
offerstudentsinsecondaryschoolanumberofsimilarguidanceservices,includingtestpreparation,
programplanning,individualcounselingandcareer/collegeplanningtohelpmaketheirsecondaryschool
yearsaspainfreeaspossible.
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Test Preperation

TheGuidanceServicesDepartmentatmostschoolsoffersstudentstestpreparationmaterialstohelpthe
studentsprepareforthevariousstandardizedteststheyareexposedtoduringtheirmiddleschoolandhigh
schoolcareers.Thesematerialsincludetestoverviewhandouts,statisticsandpracticetestsforteststhat
rangefromtheSATIandSATII,totheACTandthestandardizedtestsforeachstate.

Program Planning

Guidancecounselorsoffersecondarystudentsavarietyofservices.

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Programplanningisanotherkeyserviceofferedbyguidancedepartments.Programplanninginvolves
helpingthestudentdecidewhatclasseshewantstotakeduringhismiddleschoolandhighschoolcareer.
Programplanningnotonlyhelpsthestudentdecidewhatelectivestotakeandwhatclassesarebestforhis
academicabilities,itensuresthattheclassesthestudentistakingfulfillthehighschool'sgraduation
requirements.

Individualcounselingandgroupcounselingcomprisecounselingsessionsheldbetweenaguidance
counselorandastudentorgroupofstudents.Thesesessionsseektoaddresspsychological,socialand
academicissuesthatcanrangefromproblemswithschoolwork,tobullying,tohealthconcernslike
depression.Duringthesetypesofsessions,theparentsofthestudentmaybecontactedandthestudent
maybereferredtoanoutsideagencyiftheproblemwarrantssuchaction.

College/Career Planning

Oneoftheprimaryservicesofferedbyguidancecounselorsiscollegeandcareerplanning.Thisservice
seekstohelpstudentsdecidewhattheywanttodoaftertheyarefinishedwiththeirhighschoolcareer.Ifthestudentwantstoattendcollegeafterhighschool,theschool
selectionandapplicationprocesscanbeoverseenoraidedbytheguidancecounselor.Ifthestudentwishestoentertheworkforceimmediatelyafterhighschool,the
guidancecounselorcanaidthestudentinfindingwork,resumebuilding,interviewetiquetteandmanyotheremploymentseekingskills.
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References

GoogleDocs:ManagingtheSchoolGuidanceService(http://docs.google.com/viewer?
a=v&q=cache:D71Q8VaavuAJ:www.ncge.ie/handbook_docs/Section8/managing_school_guidance_service.doc+school+guidance+services&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgQwj96X
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