To demonstrate the whole breadth of what a counselor does, I have been using stones in our intro lessons. Here's how it goes:
Who in here feels like they are pretty strong and they can handle anything? (Lots of enthusiastic hands raise in the air.)
Choose a student. Bonus points for a student with a good sense of humor that won't mind failing a little. Ask the other students to list stressors that kids deal with. As each is listed, place a stone in the volunteer's hand. Divorce. Stone. Homework. Stone. Tests. Stone.
I might keep going for a few more stones to add a little drama with stones falling all over the place. I then explain to the kids how stones relate to stress and how counselors can help:
This is a great conversation starter about the types of activities a school counselor does, how to write a note to see the counselor and all of the information we share in an intro lesson. The kids all want to try to hold the stones and are bummed when we only have one volunteer to demonstrate!