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School Counseling

Welcome to School Counseling. Indian River School District guidance counselors are committed to providing programs and services to help all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make appropriate educational, career, and personal decisions for academic achievement, career planning, and personal/social development.

Mission Statement
The mission of Indian River School District school counselors is to provide a comprehensive, developmental, and sequential counseling program that is aligned with the American School Counselor Association National Standards. The counseling program focuses on the needs, interests, and issues related to the stages of student growth through academic, career, and personal/social development. In partnership with students, staff, family, community, and workforce, counselors will prepare students to realize their potential, meet the challenges of their life choices, and develop into contributing members of society.

Why School Counselors? 
At the elementary, middle and high school levels, the Indian River School District counseling program addresses the needs of all students in three areas:

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Personal/Social

By providing:

  • Classroom Guidance
  • Individual Student Planning
  • Responsive Services
  • System Support including Consultation, Collaboration and Teaming

School Counseling Helps...


  • Relate education to future success
  • Develop decision-making, coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Enhance personal development


  • Develop a system for their child’s long-range planning and learning
  • Foster communication between school and home
  • Access school and community resources

School Staff

  • Address students’ needs and educational goals through an interdisciplinary team
  • Resolve educational concerns through consultation and mediation
  • Improve communication between school and home

School Counselors Provide Support By...

  • Advocating for students
  • Consulting with parents, school staff, and students
  • Coordinating referrals between school and community agencies
  • Working with students in groups and individually to promote growth in
  • The development of positive attitudes towards self, family, and community
  • Academic skills
  • Career awareness
  • Decision-making skills involving choices and consequences
  • Promoting communication between the home and school
Jessi Ford

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School counselor Jessi Ford (second from right), IRSD Behavioral Health Professional of the Year, 2023.