Individual Counseling Individual counseling is a one-on-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem or topic that may be affecting a student's academic success. Friendship issues, worries, conflict resolution, difficulty coming to school, grief, and anger management are frequent reasons a student may see the counselor for individual counseling
Referrals for students to meet with the school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, administration, parents, or through student self-referrals. Self-referral forms are available for all students in grades 2-5 and can be obtained from the student's teacher. Parents are welcome to call or email the counselor at any time to request individual counseling for their child. While students may see the counselor at any time for brief discussions, parental permission must be granted in order for the counselor to work with a student for a series of planned sessions. School counselors are unable to offer long-term counseling or testify in child custody cases. Instead, the school counselor will be glad to help you with referrals as needed.
Group Counseling Small group counseling (typically 6-8 students) usually meets once a week for six weeks. The counselor works closely with the classroom teacher to minimize disruption to the learning environment. Groups are designed so that students may gather together in a confidential setting to work through an issue that is preventing them from doing their best in school. They have the opportunity to interact and connect with peers, practice new skills, provide and receive feedback, and set goals as needed. Referrals for groups are made by parents and teachers. Priority is given to students who show an academic need.
Classroom Guidance Lessons Classroom Guidance is a developmental program of lessons designed to foster students's academic, career, and social/personal development. Lessons are preventative in nature and empower students with self-knowledge, coping strategies, and life skills that will assist them in becoming problem-solvers, collaborative workers, and responsible citizens.