The primary role of the school counselor is to foster the educational, emotional, and social development of students throughout their academic careers. School counselors are an integral part of the school system. The school counselor works closely with teachers and parents to make sure that students have the tools and guidance they need to be successful. This can be done though individual sessions, small groups, and a whole class format. The primary focus of the counseling curriculum at St. Pius X includes topics such as academic support, education on understanding self and others, peer relationships, effective social skills, and problem-solving and conflict resolution. The goal of the school counselor is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoying a positive school experience.
In an effort to help foster a positive sense of community at St. Pius X, the school counselor created a club known as the Students of Character Club or SOCC. The club consists of eighth grade students who want to make a positive difference in school through character education. Character education focuses on teaching students the six traits of fairness, respect, caring, responsibility, citizenship and trustworthiness. The students of SOCC assign one of the six traits to each month of the school year and create activities to help teach the rest of the student body what it means to show good character. When possible, they include national, monthly, weekly, or daily holidays that correspond to the topic to help reinforce the traits. The school counselor also writes a weekly article entitled “Counselor’s Corner” in the school’s weekly electronic newsletter. This article offers advice on a variety of subjects.
Meet Our Counselor
Mrs. Nikki Clark
BA of Psychology, University of Kentucky
MA of School Counseling, Xavier University