Elementary Counseling Program
1. Individual Counseling - The school counselor provides a comfortable setting where students can express their feelings and concerns to promote self understanding, personal growth, and support.
2. Developmental Group Counseling - The school counselor provides a group setting to offer children opportunities to discuss common developmental issues and to learn new skills and strategies to promote productive school adjustment. Some issues that are addressed include: friendship, self esteem, study skills, anger management, feelings, and social skills.
3. Problem Centered Group Counseling - The school counselor provides a group setting that gives children an opportunity to discuss common personal issues. The focus of the group is to support, teach and develop coping skills that will help students better manage their personal issues. Some issues that are addressed include: grieving, divorce, children of alcoholics, and incarcerated parents.
4. Parent Counseling - Counselors may provide short term parenting skills training to assist with school related concerns.
5. Referrals - Counselors may suggest that students and families seek community counseling if services are needed outside of the school setting.
Referrals to the School Counselor
School counselors receive referrals from parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and students. The counselor may also invite a student in for guidance, if the counselor observes a change in behavior or affect. Receiving counseling is voluntary because it is our belief that counseling can only be effective for those who want help or have a desire to change.