School Counseling

Elementary School Counselors help children...

Understand and develop a positive self-image

Show respect for the feelings of others

Understand the decision-making process

Maintain effective relationships with peers and adults

Gain an understanding of the world of work

Develop effective study skills

 

 

Counseling services are available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student's educational success is being impacted. The school counselor works with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, and to empower problem solving methods.

 

 

 

The elementary school counselor assists all children. While a counselor cannot provide on-going counseling, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual counseling. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.

 

 

 

Guidance lessons are an integral part of the elementary school counseling program and important to each student’s academic success. One of the most effective ways for school counselors to help prevent academic problems is by discussing self-esteem issues such as peer relationships, stress, or dealing with feelings and emotions in large group guidance lessons in the classroom. The lessons are preventative in nature, designed to reach all students, and are taught regularly by the counselor.

 

 

 

The counselor collaborates with teachers and administrators to promote student learning. If a student is having problems in a classroom, the school counselor will join together with teachers to come up with some practical strategies which will remove educational barriers and enhance the learning environment of that student.