For some people, a career working with children and helping them obtain a better quality of life is a calling. These folks have found that it’s one of the most rewarding careers imaginable and they often can’t wait to get started. One of the “problems” that many of those who follow this route eventually encounter is quite frankly a rather good one to have: “Which field should I go into?” Do you want to be a teacher and if so, at what grade level? How about a child psychologist, where your skills will certainly improve the quality of life for every youth you encounter? There are always roles for coaches and librarians who will embolden and enlighten all children they interact with.
In this article, we’d like to suggest following the path toward becoming a counselor at an educational and behavioral center, such as Children’s Hope Residential Services. Not only are you helping children, but you are filling a void in their lives that likely wouldn’t be properly addressed otherwise. Whereas teachers at traditional schools will deal primarily in academic coursework, counselors working directly with children will fill an educational role while also addressing behavioral and psychological matters. One of the best ways to go about obtaining the education and training necessary to work at behavioral centers like Children’s Hope Residential Services is to obtain a master’s degree in school counseling. Fortunately, some entry-level roles that will provide people with hands-on experience only call for a high school diploma or GED. Pursuing such roles gives people the chance to see if this is the educational experience they’ve always sought. Some common responsibilities you’ll be tasked with include teaching social and hygiene skills, providing academic support and working to maintain a safe and supporting environment.
Regardless of which route you take, you’ll be exposed to opportunities to comfort children and help guide them toward the right path. The “right path” in elementary school means something entirely different from what it does in high school. In the former, mostly behavioral issues will be discussed while the latter offers the best possible advice for young adults entering a time of many challenges. In-between, middle school counselors will be available to guide students and help them make sense of a confusing time for all of us. By choosing to become a counselor at facilities such as Children’s Hope Residential Services, you can go home every day knowing that you made an impact on the lives of those you interact with on a daily basis.