School Counseling

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    The Public Schools of Brookline (PSB) is committed to offering all students a comprehensive school counseling program (PreK-12) that supports their academic, social-emotional, and college/career development. 

    A foundational goal within the PSB school counseling program is to create strong relationships among counselors, educators, students, families, and community stakeholders. We firmly believe that positive and supportive relationships create the learning conditions that maximize students’ academic, social, and emotional development. 

    PSB values the diversity of our students and families, and school counselors strive to provide services in culturally-affirming ways. We are committed to providing all students with the support, interventions, and experiences they need to fully participate in school, become responsible citizens, and meaningfully pursue their educational, vocational, social, and personal goals.

    PSB school counselors provide a range of direct and indirect services to students, educators, and parents/guardians.

    Direct Services With Students
    Direct services are face-to-face interactions between school counselors and students and include:

    • Class-wide lessons that target self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, responsible decision-making, bullying, and engagement in health-promoting behaviors. 
    • Class scheduling.
    • Individual counseling.
    • Small-group counseling.
    • Crisis response.

    Indirect Services for Students
    Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others. These include:

    • Making referrals for community-based mental health services
    • Working with community organizations to help families access needed services and resources
    • Consultation and collaboration with teachers, families, and community organizations to support students’ academic and social-emotional needs. 

    Our school counseling program is aligned with the American School Counseling Association's "ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student" and district goals. For more information about the role of the school counselor, please visit the American School Counseling Association website.

    Please note that the following programs also fall under the School Counseling and Clinical Services Department:

    • Section 504
    • School-based counseling services
    • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance
    • Home/Hospital Instruction and Re-Entry


    Visit the PSB School Counseling website to access a variety of resources, activities, and tools that caregivers can use at home to support the social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health of their children