The primary role of a school counselor is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. Counselors meet with students individually and in small groups, conduct classroom guidance lessons, meet with parents, collaborate with teachers and staff, and consult with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all students and families. Any student can request to meet with a counselor or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent/guardian.
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
NorthKey (school-based services)
When your child has a mental health or behavioral health issue, providing services to him or her in the school setting can have benefits. Also, sometimes the school-setting is where a child’s struggles first become noticed. NorthKey’s school-based clinicians work with students, parents, teachers, counselors and other school professionals, as part of the school team, to effectively identify, plan and respond when social and personal issues arise. The familiar school setting often provides a natural and comfortable place for children to learn new skills, improve their self-esteem and enhance social and communication skills.
Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC)
The Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers were established as a component of the historic Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) of 1990. The mission of these school-based centers is to help academically at-risk students succeed in school by helping to minimize or eliminate noncognitive barriers to learning. FRYSCs are strengthened by community partnerships in their ability to provide vital programs, services and referrals to students and their families. These partnerships are critical in efforts on behalf of students to promote:
early learning and successful transition to school;
academic achievement and well-being; and
graduation and transition into adult life.
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