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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.