How can the School Counselor help?
Overview of the K-8 School Counseling Program
- The School Counseling Program is comprehensive in nature – striving to meet the needs of ALL students through their academic, personal/social, and career development.
- The School Counseling Program is proactive and preventative – helping students develop critical skills to achieve academic, social, and behavioral success.
- The School Counseling Program assists and supports students in becoming “lifelong learners and honorable leaders.”
What services does a School Counselor provide?
- Individual Counseling: I provide individual counseling for students who are having difficulties dealing with emotions, relationships (both at home and at school), academic/developmental tasks, etc. and need more one-on-one help.
- Counseling is intended to be short-term to help student identify problems/feelings, causes, coping skills, and develop goals to take appropriate action. I tend to do 6-8 sessions with a student, but I will meet with some students longer than that (possibly the whole year). I like to meet with my individual students on a weekly basis at the same time (so the students know when they can expect to see me and for consistency).
- I do NOT provide clinical counseling services.
- Small Group Counseling: I provide small group counseling for students who are having difficulties dealing with emotions/divorce/grief and loss, need to develop stronger friendship and social skills, etc. and need the support of a group or need to learn how to work better in a group.
- Group Counseling is intended to be short-term as well. Small groups will last around 6-8 sessions. Counseling will build a support/friendship group for the students, as well as help them identify problems/feelings, causes, and coping skills.
- Classroom Counseling Lessons: I will provide education to ALL students in the school through monthly counseling lessons. The counseling lessons will be based on needs assessments given in the first few weeks of school. However, if you feel that your class needs more education or help with a specific topic, you can schedule a time for me to come in and do a lesson built to your class’ needs.
- Examples of other topics for lessons are: emotions, coping skills, communication skills, calling names/bullying, friendships, kindness, conflict resolution, teamwork, diversity, problem-solving/decision-making, self-esteem, personal safety, respect, responsibility, career interests, empathy, goal-setting, following directions, choices/consequences.
- Consultations: I consult with teachers, administration, staff, parents/guardians, and community agencies regarding strategies to better help students achieve success in their academic, personal/social, and career development. I serve as an advocate for the student in all consultation situations.
- Crisis Counseling: I provide prevention, intervention, and follow-up. I work with the administrators on how to best help the student and keep them safe.
- Resource/Referral: I provide resources to students, teachers, and parents/guardians on how to better help their student with various situations and emotions. I also act as a referral because I provide referral sources to students and parents/guardians on dealing with suicidal ideations, violence, abuse, mental health issues, and family difficulties.
- Referral sources can be to mental health agencies and community services.
- I am a mandated reporter and will report any suspicion of child abuse and neglect cases.
What else does a School Counselor do?
- Professional Development: I am always striving to improve at my job by staying actively involved in professional associations (American School Counseling association, Nevada School Counseling Association) and up-to-date on any changes in education. I do this through attending conferences, in-service trainings, and meetings.
- Collaboration on Teams: I am a contributing member to many teams, such as:
- RTI Team
- Crisis Response Team
- Program Management: I plan and manage activities conducted by the school and School Counseling program that helps support students’ education, such as:
- Monthly Assemblies
- Week of Respect
How do students see the School Counselor?
- Students can see the School Counselor in any of the following ways:
- Teacher/Staff Referral
- Parent Referral
- Student Self-Referral
- Administrative Referral
- Request by the School Counselor
- Referral by a friend
- As a 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.
- I tell students that, “What you say in here, stays in here. Except if…someone is hurting you, you want to hurt someone, or you want to hurt yourself.”
**Please note that if you refer a student for individual or group counseling, it is not guaranteed that the student will be seen by the School Counselor. The School Counselor will see students based on severity of the need and will do their best in seeing every student that is referred.**