As a counselor supervisor I am involved in the hiring of new counselors. It is often difficult for a
“new” counselor to identify their “marketable skills”.
One skill that is applicable to all levels of education is mediation. This highly structured, well
defined process began in response to civil court systems that were overwhelmed by the number of
smaller conflicts between parties. Currently, most courts mandate mediation in difficulty custody cases.
Data has shown that schools that employ some form of mediation as an option for students to
problem solve, show a reduction in discipline referrals. Mediation can integrated into a school in a
variety of ways such as; classroom guidance, classroom meetings, and/or developed into a school-wide
program of trained peer mediators. To learn more about this process you can contact a local mediation
center, a local school counselor who is trained in this process or you may contact VASC to request a local
Being able to tell a perspective employer that you know how to implement and maintain
mediation services in school will definitely be a plus.
Elementary School Counselor