Enhancing Elementary School Counselors’ Work with Gifted Students: Recommendations for Professional Practice


  • Jill Minor University of Cincinnati
  • Neil E. Duchac Northern Kentucky University


school counselor, professional practice, gifted students, elementary, counseling practices


Elementary school counselors play an integral role in the academic, personal/social, and career development of all students, including gifted students.  The training and continuing education needs of elementary school counselors in relation to counseling the gifted learner, however, is relatively nonexistent in the professional literature and is nonexistent in most training programs.  This article explores the theoretical and empirical support for the need of counseling services for students identified as gifted at the primary level and the challenges in training for elementary school counselors. Recommendations for enhancing professional practice for elementary school counselors are offered, and future research and continuing education needs are examined.