Counseling Services in Schools
What is a School Counselor?
A School Counselor is a support person that students can talk to when they are experiencing a difficult situation or just need some assistance with making decisions. A child may need to speak individually with a counselor if he/she is angry, stressed, sad, etc. School Counselors did not have magic wands and can not erase a student's problems, however, School Counselors can assist in empowering and teaching students the skills to cope with these situations and to make informed decisions.
What a student shares with a counselor is confidential unless he/she:
- Gives permission for the information to be shared
- If the child reports abuse or neglect
- If the child shares that he/she is hurting or plans to hurt himself/herself
- If the child shares that he/she is or plans to hurt others
- A court order mandates a breach in confidentiality
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Classroom Lessons
- Career Planning
- Social Emotional Learning
- Teacher and Support Staff Collaboration
Additionally Student Support Services will work collaboratively with:
- Classroom Teachers
- PST (Problem Solving Team)
- EC (Exceptional Children) Team
- MTSS (Multi Tiered Systems of Support)
- PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System)
- Advisory Council, SIT (School Improvement Team) etc.
- Community Members
...and will also facilitate the Section 504 process to address additional needs such as academic and behavior interventions, positive behavior reinforcement, token economy systems, check in/check out systems, and more.
Follow the link for more information on how Elementary School Counselors impact your student's daily learning experience.
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