PS 36 Margaret Douglas School : Guidance Counselor

Allison Mathurin, M.S.                                 

K-12 Certified School Counselor

Middle School Liaison

Office Hours 8:00a.-3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday





Role of the School Counselor

School counselors work in collaboration with the entire school community and are committed to the education and whole development of all students. The school counselor is a key "go to" student and staff support services professional.  Services provided by school counselors address the three domains of the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) model:

1.  Academic planning –  School counselors work closely with students to plan their course of studies, to support their school performance, to review progress, to set academic goals, as well as to implement academic interventions.  School counselors communicate with families on an on-going basis to provide updates on student achievement and attendance, as well as to recognize successes.

2.  Personal/social development --  School counselors focus on the whole development of students, facilitate social/emotional learning opportunities, connect students to activities and electives based on their interest, build home-school-community alliances, and provide on-going individualized attention to ensure student success.  School counselors facilitate individual and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention counseling as needed. 

3.  Career and post-secondary development--  School counselors help students understand their strengths and talents, and how these abilities can be utilized in various college majors and careers.  School counselors facilitate school-wide activities and guidance lessons related to post-secondary planning.  School counselors aid students in the college admissions process, and all next steps to their secondary education.