This piqued my interest so I emailed her asking why the cross out.
She was delighted to answer! Here is her email:
Thank you, but “Guidance Counselor” is an outdated term. It is from a time before there was the American School Counselor Association, before the profession required at least a Masters degree, and before there was a nationally recognized comprehensive school counseling program. Guidance is a service; school counseling is a program. This is a great website that explains it even better here
Thank you for taking the time to ask. Anyone in the profession today prefers the term School Counselor and I always appreciate when people inquire.
I asked her further about the difference and here is what she said:
Everyone in a young person’s life offers guidance in some fashion. School counselors still provide guidance classroom lessons (such as bully prevention and character development), but we do so much more. We help students develop their academic abilities and study skills. We assist them and their families in college and career planning. We teach coping skills so students can guide themselves. We ask questions to help these young adults discover the answers on their own. We help students learn how to advocate for themselves. We console. We mediate. We learn and adapt with changing climates. We work with families, faculty, and community members to make sure school is a safe place for students to learn and grow. And this is all before the lunch bell. It is an amazing profession and I am proud to call myself a school counselor.