ProTeacher Community - View Single Post - Feeling some burnout.
View Single Post

GraceKrispy's Avatar
GraceKrispy GraceKrispy is offline
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 41,797
Blog Entries: 1
Senior Member

GraceKrispy
 
GraceKrispy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Posts: 41,797
Senior Member

Old 12-06-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

Ugh. I definitely know how you're feeling. Between the administrative aspects of the counseling job and the difficulty in finding time to reach kids and all the other job duties stacked up, it's easy to become more of an administrator and less of a service provider

Do you have any other school counselors in your district to whom you can reach out? I remember feeling pretty isolated as a counselor. At least as a school psych, we meet every few weeks and monthly with everyone from the area. And the behavioral health specialists in the schools (a step above counselor in terms of services provided- and no administrative duties) also had monthly meetings with everyone. As a counselor, I met with no one. I didn't even really know the other counselors. And my boss was the principal, whereas there were district-level bosses for the behavioral specialists and the school psychs, so that was also very different.

I wonder if you can talk to your administration about your desire to get more service time. I'm not sure what could come of it, it sounds like a lot of it is really the communication with teachers. And we know that the teachers feel a lot of pressure to have as much instructional time as possible to prepare for testing, and there are a lot of demands on their time already. But we also know how important it is to reach those kids who need our help.

I have no answers, just musing "aloud" about it. I remember working as a counselor how much of my time was spend administratively (esp with testing), and how difficult it was to arrange for times to work with kids (hence all the "lunch bunch" types of groups I arranged).

(I'm so sorry if my other post made you feel worse!!)
GraceKrispy is offline   Reply With Quote
 

Copyright © ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net