School Counseling Services
As the school counselor, I will provide various services to each student to promote positive development in their academic, social/emotional, and college and career readiness realms. Through these comprehensive services, students will be provided with the attitude, knowledge, and skills to reach their highest potential. These services include:
- Individual Counseling
- Individual counseling will take place one-on-one with the school counselor in a safe, welcoming, and positive environment based on the needs of each student. Some topics may include: social skills, self esteem, learning and responsibility, dealing with grief/loss, getting along with others, bullying, handling emotions, and responding to school crises or emergency situations.
- Classroom Lessons:
All students will receive classroom guidance lessons at least once a month on the following topics:
- August: Meet the School Counselor
- September: Listening & Focusing (TK-1), Being Respectful/Empathy (2-3), Being Assertive (4-5)
- October: Kindness and Anti-Bullying
- November: Self-Talk (TK/K), Identifying Feelings (1), Respecting Differences/Showing Compassion (2), Understanding Others' Perspectives (3-4), Disagreeing Respectfully (5)
- December: Being Assertive (TK/K), Feelings (1), Emotion Management (2, 4-5), Accepting Differences (3)
- January: Feelings (TK/K), Similarities and Differences (1), Handling Making Mistakes (2), Showing Compassion (3), Problem Solving Part 1 (4-5)
- February: Calming Down Strong Feelings (TK/K), Feelings Change/Handling Accidents (1), Managing Anxious Feelings/Anger (2), Problem Solving (3), Problem Solving Part 2 (4-5)
- March: Problem Solving (TK/K), College & Career Exploration (1-5)
- April: Accidents & Caring/Helping (TK-1), Problem Solving (2), Getting Ready for the Test/Test Prep (3-5)
- May: Handling Name Calling (TK/K), Showing Care & Concern (1), Taking Responsibility (2), Avoiding Negative Peer Pressure (3), Solving Playground Problems (4), Avoiding Assumptions/Transitioning to Middle School (5)
- Small Group Counseling
- Small group counseling is 6-8 weeks long and once a week for about 30 minutes during school hours. In order for students to participate, a permission slip must be signed by parent/guardian. Some topics may include: social skills, building relationships/friendships, growth mindset, and self-discipline.
- Collaboration and Consultation
- In order to work with each student on a holistic level, collaboration and consultation is necessary. The school counselor will work with parents, teachers, administration, and the other specialists to best support each student.
- Community Resource Referrals
- School counselors do not provide therapy. Referrals for outside counseling services are available if students need additional support. Furthermore, school counselors can collaborate with outside service providers to support your student best in school.