What is a School Counselor?
-a certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:
• School Guidance Curriculum- designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons designed to achieve specific competencies in all grades K-8 (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
• Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
• Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
• System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families
What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?
*Individual Counseling A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.
*Small Group Counseling A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 5-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling A process that requires the School Counselor to develop and implement K-8 classroom curriculum. The classroom guidance will address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs and teach developmental skills using age-appropriate, classroom-based lessons. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. I am very excited to be implementing the Second Step Violence Prevention Program in our K-5 classrooms.