School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. School counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students in their academic, social, emotional and personal development, and help them to define the best pathways to successfully achieve their dreams.

The mission of the Lamar County school counseling program is to facilitate the development of student competencies in the academic, social/personal, and career domains. The counseling curriculum is delivered to all students through individual, small group, and large group sessions. Each school incorporates a team approach in which all school personnel, parents, and community work in a collaborative effort to enhance the success of all students in today’s changing multi-cultural society. Students will be prepared for their roles as life-long learners, and socially responsible, productive citizens as a result of the Lamar Schools’ counseling program pre-K-12.

All Lamar counselors support instruction by helping students prepare for their cognitive experiences and by helping to dispel affective disorder in their lives. The counselor sees as interdependent both the personal and academic realms and assists students in making wise decisions in each realm. Counselors work with both faculty and family to assure the best possible learning experience, resulting in each Lamar student’s learning to learn, learning to live, and learning to work.

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