Counseling Services Provided
- Individual counseling
- Small group counseling
- Classroom guidance lessons
- Crisis intervention
- Consultation with parents and teachers
- Coordination with outside agencies & therapists
- Referrals for community services
Why do kids need school counseling?
- Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
- Children who understand theirf eelings are better able to control their behavior.
- Children are capable of making responsible choices.
- Schools, parents, and communities that communicate and collaborate provide the most effective support to children.
- Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does a school counselor do?
Much like the school nurse, counseling services are available to ALL students, not just those with an emotional disability or in a crisis. It is our job to make sure that each student is happy and doing their best at school. This is a tall order since so many factors go into kids doing well i.e. their ability to focus and pay attention, their relationships with peers and teachers, how well they can manage their feelings and impulses, and their lives outside of school. We address these issues using individual or small group counseling, as well as in classroom guidance lessons. The school counselor will see each child one time per month in a guidance lesson with a focus on feelings, problem solving, relationship building, goal setting, and much, much more. Small groups will begin in October. Topics covered include; divorce, friendship, study skills, and worry. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact one of us.
How are you different from a therapist at an outside agency?
We frequently see children just a few times, or in the classroom setting rather than our office. Although we often help children with family problems and behavior at home, our primary role is to deal with school-related problems. Sometimes an issue is better addressed more intensively in a therapeutic setting, and with greater direct parental involvement. Contact us if you'd like referrals for an outside therapist for your child.
How do children get to see the counselor?
Children may come to see the counselor in a variety of ways. Usually it's by recommendation of the classroom teacher and/or the parent. Often, children will ask their teachers if they can see the counselor. We see students as quickly as possible and try to help them get back to class ready to learn.
Will you notify me if you see my child?
Children frequently pop in to tell us about relatively minor or time-limited issues like an argument with a peer or the death of a pet. If that happens, we may not notify you unless: there is a safety concern, your child has asked to see the counselor repeatedly, or if the worry or problem is significant (by adult standards). If a student participates in a regularly scheduled meeting, written consent is required.