Blair celebrates national counseling week to acknowledge counselors' hard work and dedication
"I think sometimes students think they have to do it alone now that they're in high school, or their friends are the only one they can go to. But there's a reason that they have a support system, we're always here to help," says Ms. Binnick, one of the many counselors at Blair, here to provide that extra support that everyone sometimes needs.
Throughout the week of February 5th, many Blazers may have passed by the large posters sitting right in front of the counseling office, labeled "National School Counseling Week." This week is all about celebrating the dedication and unique contribution of school counselors all over the country. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), this week was created to highlight the tremendous impact counselors have on a student's success. Binnick is one of the 13 counselors at Blair, and is skilled in her own unique way. She shares her appreciation for working with such an amazing team of counselors, each bringing a different skill to the the table. "What makes our team really incredible is that we are all so skilled in different ways, and some of the strengths of the other counselors are definitely not my own," she laughs. Binick has often been recognized as an extremely caring and enthusiastic counselor, always in tune to the safety and well being of her students.
Ultimately counselors have one main objective: to make students feel supported and valued. Whether they have only met with the student once or on a daily basis, Binnick hopes that every student realizes there is an adult who is here to help through the good, the bad, and the terrible. "Whether it be a student on my caseload or not on my caseload, or whether I only interact with them a few times or every day, I want them to feel like they have a voice, and like they have someone who is always rooting for them," Binnick says.
Approaching an adult can feel awkward or uncomfortable. But it can also be valuable. You never know, maybe that one meeting with your counselor will be just the conversation you need and a great way to build a long lasting and trusting relationship. "My hope would be that students know about this support system and that they take that bold step to get to know their counselor better," Binick says.
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