As school counselors, we are here to help with the social, emotional, academic and behavioral well-being of all students. This “whole child” approach to looking at this is achieved by providing monthly guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual counseling services that are both proactive and reactive in nature.
Classroom Guidance Lessons provide developmental and preventative approaches to topics such as feelings,social skills, empathy, conflict resolution, goal setting, bullying, personal safety, career exploration, test taking strategies, and personal safety. We use Sean Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Happy Kids and The Leader in Me philosophy to guide these lessons.
Small Group Counseling groups address issues including friendship, worry, self-esteem, anger, divorce,bullying, grief, transitioning to a new school or new grade level and managing stress. All new students to the district meet with a school counselor for an orientation in addition to being included in the school’s new student lunch group. Teachers and/or parents can request a student be included in a small group. The school counselor will obtain parent permission before including the student in a small group.
Individual Counseling helps students learn strategies to cope with their feelings, manage behavior and get along with others so that they can be happy, safe and successful students. Teachers and/or parents may refer a student for individual counseling. Students may also ask to speak to a school counselor by leaving a note in our mailbox in the main office.
Consultation and Collaboration: The school counselors consult and collaborate with teachers, parents and administrators to ensure the academic, social,emotional and behavioral needs of students are met. In addition, the school counselors can provide direction and referrals if parents choose to access additional outside support services as needed. Consultation with staff and parents is an important part of the support process as we all work together to create a safe and caring environment for students at school and at home.