Running head: INTERVIEW WITH A SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Interview with Mrs. Ross Freeman
Counseling has many components in different fields such as a school counselor, marriage and family counseling, addiction counseling, individual and private practices, and many more. For my project, I interviewed Mrs. Ross Freeman, a school counselor who talks about her journey of becoming an Elementary School Counselor. We discuss what the requirement and cost were to receive a license in the counseling field. We were also able to discuss the average salary and hourly wages for a counselor in WISD. Mrs. Freeman then goes on to enlighten me about the rewards, challenges, demands and frustrations of a school counselor.
Interview with Mrs.
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A typical week for Mrs. Freeman includes 13-20 classroom guidance lessons. Approximately 10-20 small group and 30 or more individual counseling sessions. Ten different TAKS success groups with students from grade 3-5. Four to six hours of system support: parent conferences, teacher-counselor conferences, consultations with administrators, counselor collaborations, Students Assistance Team meetings, faculty meetings, grade level meetings and whatever it takes to help keep the school climate safe and secure to have a conducive learning environment. (R. Freeman, personal communication, June 15,2009) With many jobs there are rewards, challenges and demands. The rewards with the job as a school counselor are many. It includes a student/parent saying “Thank You,” of your help in a difficult situation. Seeing a student using strategies taught to them in the class guidance lesson. Notes from parents and/or students and seeing a brighter star shine, self-referrals by students and etc. Challenges would be a student being who is being defiant and disrespectful toward adults and other students. Mrs. Freeman adds the greatest challenge would be to keep cool while a child is being defiant and disrespectful. Another job that is a challenge for most elementary school counselors is being able to make a schedule for Guidance lessons that will not interfere with regular schoolwork. The demands sometimes come all at once and Mrs. freeman really