The School Counselor serves many important functions on a campus. One of these is to teach Guidance lessons. Your child gets to come to a guidance class just like they get to go to the library, the computer lab, PE, music, or art. In a guidance class the counselor focuses on issues that the school community have singled out as needing attention, like bullying, stress, Character Education, self esteem, and being a successful student. Counselors use the following Seven Skill Goals as a guide to address these issues:
- Self-Confidence Development - value their uniqueness and manage their feelings
- Motivation to Achieve - develop their academic potential and identify career opportunities
- Decision Making/ Goal Setting / Problem Solving - manage change and make good decisions
- Interpersonal Effectiveness - respect others and develop healthy friendships
- Communication Skills - express themselves appropriately and listen to others
- Cross Cultural Effectiveness - appreciate their own culture, be respectful of other cultures, and appreciate differences
- Responsible Behavior - accept responsibility for their actions and be self-disciplined
Another purpose we serve on a campus is to provide counseling. Students can come to see the counselor one on one, or students can be part of a counseling group with other children who have a similar concern (i.e. a having a parent who is deployed). Counseling sessions happen during the school day and the sessions are 30 minutes each.
How does a student get to see their counselor for sessions?
- they can refer themselves by writing the counselor a note
- a parent can refer their child by writing a note, and e-mail, or calling the counselor to request the sessions
- a teacher can refer a student by e-mailing the counselor
- an administrator can refer a student
- counselor invitation
Parent permission is required and a permission slip will be sent home with your child.
School counselors work with school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance and counseling programs for all students and we value your input.