Our School Counseling Program
I am looking forward to another school year working with our great students, parents, and staff. Here is a brief overview of our counseling program.
School counselors base their work on student performance standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). These standards fall into three categories: Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development. A complete description of these categories is available at www.schoolcounselor.org.
Using those standards, here is a list of some of the functions I perform as the school counselor:
~ Teach counseling related subjects in each classroom at various times throughout the school year. The lessons are designed to promote school success.
~ Act as a student advocate
~ Promote academic success for all students
~ Conduct brief individual and small group counseling to promote school success
~ Assist with individual student planning
~ Participate in parent education
~ Consult with teachers and other professionals
~ Provide crisis counseling
~ Give families information about community resources
Some of the student needs I get to help with as the school counselor are:
* Study skills
* Social skills, including friendship and conflict management
* Problem solving
* Coping with new situations (e.g. moving, new baby, blended family, deployment)
* School problems (i.e. bullying)
* Anger management
* Grief and loss
* Family concerns (i.e. divorce, foster care, remarriage)
Please note, school counselors do not provide long-term therapy in the school environment.