Guidance Counselor

Counseling services are an integral part of today’s educational system, the purpose of which is to promote the development of healthy, self-confident, successful students. The counselor is accessible to all members of our school community: students, parents, teachers and staff. School counseling services are provided in a variety of formats including:
  • Guidance- The School Counselor & other qualified personnel provide a variety of structured developmental presentations to all students via classroom or grade level assemblies.  The goal of these sessions is to help empower all students with the self-knowledge, coping and life skills that will enable them to become self directed learners, clear and effective communicators, collaborative workers, creative problem solvers and involved, responsible citizens.
  • Counseling-This is the process through which the counselor helps children cope with areas of difficulty that can interfere with the learning process.  Individually or in a needs-based small group setting, the counselor provides a safe, caring environment that invites the students to address & overcome personal or social obstacles in their development. Referrals for counseling services may be made by teachers, parents, school administrators, staff and student’s.
  • Consultation and Referral-The school counselor consults with teachers, parents and community members to help identify student’s needs and develop effective helping strategies.  The counselor also functions as a liaison to assist parents and teachers in locating and accessing available community resources.
 
In any counseling situation, confidentiality is maintained except: 
  1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
  2. If a child poses a danger to self or others.
  3. The child and/or parent/guardian gives permission to share information. 
  4. In the event that a court order or subpoena is issued. 
 

Goals of the School Counselor

To help children…
…understand the school environment and to learn student responsibilities.
…develop school success skills which will provide the foundation and desire for life-long learning.
…develop self-respect, self-awareness, a strong sense of self-esteem and to promote continual personal and social growth and development.
…develop and understanding of and respect for others including an appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity amongst individuals.
…develop effective relational and communication skills, and to learn how to establish and maintain successful relationships.
…develop effective decision-making and problem solving skills necessary to make healthy choices and to resolve conflicts responsibly.
…develop a sense of community and pride and involvement, and to begin to understand their roles and responsibilities as contributing members of society.
 

Helpful Websites

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Character Education
Core Essentials

SmartBoard Social Skills
http://exchange.smarttech.com/#tab=O

Parenting Websites
 www.positiveparenting.com
Helpful hints on parenting with great articles                                                                                                

www.childparenting.about.com
Information on parenting

www.stopbullyingnow.com
Information on dealing with bullies  

Homework/School Help Websites
www.npin.org
National Parent Information Network
Great information on tutoring and homework help
Online help with questions

 www.studygs.net
Study tips for students