Counseling and Responsive Services
a. Individual and Small Group – The students and counselor may discuss issues of self-esteem, getting along with others, character education, bullying awareness and prevention, respecting others, anger management, friendships, and other personal, social and emotional concerns.
b. Peer Mediation – The focus is on conflict resolution and problem solving, in which many times students are able to figure out the problems and solutions for themselves.
c. Classroom and Group Lessons – The topics of discussion may include character education, relationship building, getting along with others, career development, transitioning to middle school, test taking skills, etc.
a. Parent/Teacher Conferences – The counselor is available to consult with parents and teachers individually or will sit in on parent and teacher conferences as requested.
b. Section 504 – The counselor serves as the Section 504 Chair. Section 504 is a program that can provide accommodations for students with disabilities that may help them overcome their disability while receiving the same education as their peers in a general education classroom environment.
c. Student Support Team (SST Tier 3) - The School Counselor participates in SST Tier 3 meetings as needed. Whenever a teacher identifies an academic, speech, or behavioral concern in the classroom, a group of people known as the Student Support Team will come together to discuss strategies/interventions to improve the student’s performance.
d. School Social Worker and DFACS –The counselor works very closely with the School Social Worker and DFACS to address concerns over abuse and neglect allegations or suspicions. As a mandated reporter, this means that she is required by law to report such claims to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS).
e. Wraparound Services - The School Counselor works very closely with outside mental health providers such as Family Ties and school-based community service organizations such as Communities in Schools to assist families with much needed resources.
Students may see the School Counselor when a referral is received in one of the following ways:
- Teacher or staff referral
- Student Self-referral
- Counselor request
- Parent request
- Administrative referral
- Referral by friend(s)