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A Counselor’s Educational Background

Counselor Reginald Hurns is counselor for students with names Me-Sb.

Counselor Reginald Hurns is counselor for students with names Me-Sb.

Counselor Reginald Hurns is counselor for students with names Me-Sb.

Counselor Reginald Hurns is counselor for students with names Me-Sb.

by Carnell Lyon, Staff Writer

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Counselors act as an integral and vital part to the student body.

In a school environment, they act as one of the first shoulders students go to cry on, they play a crucial role in one’s academic development and career, they handle all of the fundamental pieces of academic data a student needs to succeed.

The question is why are they so reliable? Is it what they learned in the school career: from high school to college, and if so what is the level and requirement of learning is needed to become as emotionally and academically supportive as they are.

“I got my masters from Georgia State. In to get a masters, you have to get GACE training, you had to take a GACE exam and pass it,” said counselor Ayesha Fawzi. The Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) is a necessary test in Georgia assesses one’s capabilities as any school related discipline. For counselor Ayesha Fawzi, her GACE exam was for counseling. Just as there are standards set for what a student needs to be considered working at a minimal level, these tests assess whether one is prepared to work as a counselor.

“And you then need a year of internship, where you’re evaluated by a sight supervisor: a counselor who will guide you to become a better counselor. We also go to bunch of developmental workshops where we learn what’s going on in school.” This is where their academic support training comes in. During this step in the process, training counselors learn the fundamentals of a student’s academic career.

“My undergrad was actually in psychology. Psychology is the study of human behavior. So it helps if you have a background because then you see the developmental lifespan changes and that’s useful information when you’re trying to guide someone. It’s a very good foundation.” Psychology is a vital part to counseling. To give emotional support, to any student, counselors must have a firm understanding of the behaviors and mentalities that characterize children at their ages.

 

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