Who is the elementary school counselor?
The elementary school counselor is a certified, caring professional who helps all students achieve academic and personal success.
How do elementary school counselors help students?
Individual counseling- to help children understand themselves and others.
Small group counseling- to help groups of students who are dealing with the same topic.
Group topics include friendship, anger management, divorce, and grief.
Classroom Guidance- to help students develop communication skills, to better understand themselves and others, and to learn about topics relevant to every day living. Every student at South Shades Crest Elementary School participates in classroom guidance. Each class has guidance is weekly for 30 minutes.
Classroom guidance for grades K-4. Topics include Character Education (responsibility, kindness, citizenship, goal setting, respect, etc.), Friendship, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Manners, Anger Management, Hygiene/Heath, & Social Skills. Second Step Program which promotes school success, school connectedness, and respectful school climate.
How do elementary school counselors help teachers and other professionals?
Consulting-to help identify the emotional academic needs of students.
Coordinating-to help plan activities and programs for individual growth and educational success.
How do students receive counseling services?
Referrals- Students, school personnel, and parents may refer a child to the school counselor. Parents may contact the school counselor to refer their child. A referral form is also sent to all parents at the beginning of the school year. Students may refer themselves by asking to see the counselor.
Counseling- Sessions last 15-30 minutes and are confidential. Parents and teachers are informed of the progress of the student.