Downloadable School Counselor Notes Templates
Counselor Progress Notes Template
School counselors use progress notes to document session details, including how the student behaved during the session, their presentation, relevant symptoms or concerns, and what the counselor and student discussed.
FERPA Considerations When Writing School Counselor Notes
In some cases, school counselors detail more sparse notes – recording just enough information to capture important features of the session and jog their memories during the next visit. But in cases where a student is experiencing a crisis, more detailed notes may be warranted. Under FERPA, a school counselor’s notes are not deemed education records as long as they serve as a memory aid strictly for individual use by the counselor, are not shared with others, and only include the counselor’s observations and professional opinions. It’s important to note that in most states school counselor notes can be subpoenaed.