Our two full-time, professional school counselors work in tandem with parents, faculty, and students to respond to the social and emotional concerns that arise throughout the elementary and middle school years. To meet the needs of each student, school-wide enrichment is offered in the forms of individual counseling, skill-building small groups, classroom lessons, and more.
Individual counseling sessions in a school setting are typically short-term in nature and focus on solutions to help your child succeed in all areas of their development. After 4-6 weeks, external support will be recommended if the counselor feels that the student can benefit from long-term therapy. The counselor can then help guide the family in the process of finding the right person to support their child and continue open communication with that person and the family to ensure the student is receiving all necessary supports while at school. Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separation, deployment, anxiety, anger management challenges, social challenges, mental health concerns, and more.
The counselors visit classrooms regularly to lead discussions and activities around certain themes and work to build up certain skill sets.
To further enhance the understanding of these themes and skill sets, the counselors hold skill-building small groups that take place during lunch periods throughout the year. These groups are usually made up of 8-10 students of the same grade level and last for 6-7 weeks with one session per week. These themes and skill sets include but are not limited to:
- Understanding and practicing empathy
- Appreciating the differences in others
- Problem solving
- Positive communication
- Active listening
- Impulse control
- Positive relationships
- Conflict management
- Positive self-image /confidence
The counselors provide additional services such as parent consultations, mental health education, community resource consultations, community resource referrals, student assistant plans, student behavior plans, and student observations.
The counselors recognize the importance of the whole child, knowing that their sense of self-worth and happiness are just as important as their academic success, and striving to create an environment that supports them fully.