Role of the Counselor and Social Worker
An important consideration in the counseling relationship is confidentiality with students, parents and teachers. I know that as a parent it can be hard to know when to ask for help and to ask for help when you know you need it. It is our hope that you will feel comfortable contacting us, via phone, email, or note, any time. We will help you find resources, look into situations, and support you and your children in any way we can.
What is typical? Sometimes kids encounter issues that aren’t necessarily problems, but confusing situations and/or difficult choices. Sometimes kids want to visit about good or exciting happenings; the kind of things just you just have to share! Sometimes kids are asked to deal with problems that are really big or appear that way to the child or parent. Problems and difficult situations may arise from relationships with others, feelings about themselves, or from things beyond their control. Common problems we work on with a student include academic motivation, sadness, fears, loss, getting along with others, and other developmental concerns. We can also provide information and resources available for outside counseling, and connections to housing, food and clothing.
Overview of the School Counseling Program
The counselor's primary responsibility is providing direct services to children. The school counseling program is comprehensive in nature, striving to provide education for ALL students in three areas: academic, personal/social, and career. It is proactive and preventative--helping students develop critical skills to achieve academic, social, and behavioral success.
Consultation: We consult with teachers, administrators, support staff, community agencies and parents/guardians to help student and families. We serve as a student advocate in all consultation situations.
Individual or Small group counseling: We provide students an opportunity to develop skills, share ideas, and support one another. Small group focuses may include: keeping and making friends, social skills, study skills, anger management and self-esteem building. We will also be providing individual counseling within the guidelines for school counselors. Individual counseling is meant to be short-term to help students identify problems, causes, coping skills, and develop goals to take appropriate action.
On a regular basis we provide education to all students in the classroom setting. Topics include bullying prevention, character education, career exploration, and additional learning opportunities requested by the classroom teacher.
School Program Support:
We help the students in our school wide initiative of PBIS. In addition we continue to collect and analyze data to evaluate and improve the school counseling program.
Community Resource Support:
Counseling and social work staff are available to assist families with additional needs such as housing, food assistance, outside counseling referrals and other needs unique to your family. Please contact our staff for assistance with these needs.