When school counselor is approached for counseling there are several questions in the mind of the student.
- Should I be obedient to what the school counselor says?
- What if my parents want me to do something different from what the school counselor says?
- What if I loose my best friend because of being obedient to the school counselor?
- Is the school counselor more correct than the youth pastor?
- Should I consult the youth pastor instead of the school counselor?
- The school counselor is a middle-aged person (generation-gap), what he teaches me may not be applicable to my current situation. Should I consult him even then?
- Can I trust the school counselor? (The school children do not know about the “ethics of not revealing the identity” followed by the counselors).
- Is school counselor right always? He is a human with attitudes right and wrong. Can I really rely on his perspective?
- What the school counselor taught me in his previous session was in contradiction with what the teacher taught. Is the school counselor more reliable than the teachers?
- If I will approach the school counselor very often the students of my class will think that I have some problem. Will they think that I am not normal?
- As per my knowledge the only students who approached the school counselor very often were those suffering from some mental illnesses. Will I get the same reputation in school?
- The school often calls our parents. If I will complain about the negligence of my parents then will the school counselor tell them? What action my parents will then take?
The following questions can be addressed by following the following points:
1. There should be a separate room of school counselor where the students can secretly meet the counselor. For instance, the room of the counselor should be in such a location that no one learns who visited him and at what time.
2. The students should be assured that just as the approach of meeting the counselor is secretive the words that they share with him will also be kept secret.
3. Steps should be taken to assure that teachers do not in any way contradict the guidance provided by the counselors.
4. The visit of the student to the counselor should not be revealed to anyone in the school.
5. The parents should be educated on the right guidance that they should impart to their children. Parents who encourage their young children to take drugs and engage in other wrong practices should be punished by law.