How Can the School Counselor Help?
Overview of the School Counseling Program
- The School Counseling Program strives to provide academic, personal/social, and career support to ALL students.
- The School Counseling Program is proactive and preventative, helping students develop critical skills to achieve academic, social, and behavioral success.
Core Curriculum Lessons
- On a regular basis, your School Counselor provides education to ALL students in the classroom setting. This provides consistent learning, language, and skill development. It allows me to observe and evaluate classroom and student needs.
- Lessons often cover these topics: emotions, coping skills, communication skills, friendships, conflict resolution, teamwork, diversity, tolerance, problem-solving, self-esteem, respect, responsibility, personal safety, healthy choices, strengths, career interests, and community building.
- Consultation: As your School Counselor, I consult with teachers, administrators, support staff, special education staff, school psychologists, social workers, parents/guardians, community agencies, and medical professionals regarding strategies to help students and families. I serve as a student advocate in all consultation situations.
- Individual and Small Group Counseling: your School Counselor provides counseling for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, and developmental tasks.
- Counseling is intended to be short-term to help students identify problems, causes, coping skills, and develop goals to take appropriate action.
- I do NOT provide clinical counseling services.
- Crisis Counseling: your School Counselor provides prevention, intervention, and follow-up.
- I provide counseling to students and families facing emergency situations.
- Referral: as your School Counselor, I use referral sources to deal with suicidal ideation, violence, abuse, mental health issues, and family difficulties.
- Referral sources can be to mental health agencies, social and community services.
- I refer to the Department of Health and Human Services for suspicion of child abuse and neglect cases.
- As your School Counselor, I develop confidential relationships with students. This means that information gathered through meetings with students and parents/guardians will be shared on a “need-to-know” basis only.
- I work to maintain the privacy of students and their families. When information needs to be shared, I will assess who needs to know and what information needs to be known to best help students and their families.