School Counseling Services at West Catholic
The West Catholic Counseling Department offers a variety of services for students in the areas of academic, personal-social and career interests. Counselors employ the standards and guidelines set by the American School Counselors Association.
Understanding the School Counselors Role
Per the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) guidelines: “School counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling, making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.” To learn more about the role of the school counselor, visit the ASCA website.
Statement of Disclosure
The American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association endorse a code of ethics for counselors which includes confidentiality of the counselor/counselee relationship. The school counselors respect the rights and responsibilities of parents for their children and try to establish a cooperative relationship with parents in the best interest of their children. Michigan law requires counselors to report to the appropriate parties (1) suspicion of child abuse or neglect and (2) indications that the student may be a danger to himself/herself or others.