Services provided by the School Counselor:
Direct Intervention in the Classroom (TH, CH, & EL I): The Counselor supports the social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs of the student in the classroom as the needs occur in real time. This allows the Counselor to facilitate teachable moments directly after a need has presented itself. This helps with skill rehearsal & retention.
Individual Student Meetings (EL I, EL II, & MS): The Counselor meets with a student in her office on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. During these meetings, the Counselor teaches the student social, emotional, and/or behavioral skills. The Counselor focuses on teaching the skills the child has identified they would like to improve, as well as the skills the child’s teacher has requested the child work on.
*It’s common for students to request temporary (1-3) meetings with the Counselor. A student must receive approval from his or her teacher to have these meetings, and parent email consent is not necessary. Students typically request temporary meetings when they need guidance managing issues such as peer conflict or distressing situations.
Group Lessons (Kindergarten, EL I, EL II, & MS): The Counselor gives several types of group lessons over the course of the school year. The groups are as follows:
Kindergarten Group (Kindergarten)
Friendship Group (EL I-By grade)
Leadership Group (EL I, EL II, & MS)
Self Advocacy & Bullying Prevention Group (EL I, EL II, & MS)
Parent Support & Psychoeducation (All Levels): The Counselor provides parents with the social, emotional, and/or behavioral education they may need.
Referrals to Outside Providers (All Levels): The Counselor helps parents connect with outside providers (specifically neuropsychologists, individual therapists, and family therapists).
Care Coordination with Outside Providers: The Counselor coordinates care with outside providers (typically neuropsychologists, individual therapists, and family therapists) to keep student support methods consistent in school.