What does a School Counselor do?
I have the opportunity of working with students through classroom lessons, small group, and individual counseling. I also collaborate with school staff and parents in order to best meet the needs of the students.
I visit each classroom monthly and have the chance to interact with every student during these lessons. Lessons typically last 30 minutes in length and cover topics such as understanding feelings of self and others, developing coping and problem solving skills, friendship skills, and study skills. I also lead community circles within the classrooms. * During distance learning I have created a schedule with all classroom teachers to visit and provide a SEL ( social emoitonal lesson) to students on a monthly basis.
Small Group Counseling
A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending some extra time developing academic, social or emotional skills along with their peers, and to students who are coping with similiar life situations. Groups can have anywhere from 3-7 members and typically meet once a week. I work closely with teachers with the group referral process. * During distance learning teachers will be able to refer students to participate in small groups. Groups will be held via zoom. Schedule will be determine by myself and referring teacher. Parent permission slips will be provided.
Some students can benefit from one-on-one counseling regarding academic, social, or emotional challenges. *During distance learning if individual support is needed please contact me directly via email email@example.com or by phone (805)385-1572 x7008.
- Parent/Teacher consultation
- Crisis Counseling
- 504/CST/SST support
- IEP support (as needed)
- Referrals for outside services and community resources
- Student Leadership
- RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) Cheerleader
Confidentiality is an importnat aspect of counseling; this is how the school counselor builds a relationship of trust with the student.
What the child says during a counseling session is to remain between the school counselor and the child, unless:
- The child is in imminent danger.
- The child is threatening to harm self or someone else.
- The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect.
- The child gives permission to disclose.
When a breach of confidentiality is necessary, it is my responsibility to make a report to the appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents depending on the situation.