Short Term Individual Counseling
Students may refer themselves for individual counseling, or they may be referred by a parent, staff member, or friend who is concerned about them. Self-referral forms are available in every classroom. A private counselor mailbox is located in the main hallway just outside the library door.
Parents will be notified and permission obtained if counseling is to be on-going (more than 2-3 visits for the same concern).
Counseling in the school setting is designed to foster student potential, enhance achievement, and prevent personal difficulties. It is not a substitute for mental health counseling available in the community but may provide in-school support to students with mental health diagnoses who receive outside services.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling provides children the opportunity to share concerns with others their own age and develop positive attitudes and behaviors that will help them to be successful in school. Group activities such as role-playing, drawing, games, and discussions help children to improve study skills, understand their feelings and express them appropriately, develop coping strategies, and feel good about themselves and their abilities. After getting referrals from teachers, students, or parents, we meet briefly with each student to determine their interest in and "fit" for the group. Permission forms are then sent home. If you have any questions or would like your child to participate in a group, please contact the counselors or your child's teacher. Groups typically meet 30 minutes a week for 6 weeks and are scheduled to have the least impact possible on classroom instructional time. We often schedule our meetings during students' lunch time and enjoy eating together.
The counselors will be offering small group counseling for a variety of needs throughout the school year. Some of the groups offered are:
New Sibling Group: for big brothers and sisters adjusting to a new baby.
Successful Students groups help motivate students to do their best in school and encourage setting goals to improve academics.
Friendship groups help children learn the social skills for making and keeping friends, including conflict resolution skills.
Changing Families groups help children cope with separation, divorce, parent's remarriage, and similar situations. Students benefit from sharing with others who are also experiencing family changes.
Deployment Group: If there is enough interest/need, we will offer a group for children who have a parent who is deployed.
If you think your child would benefit from any of these groups and would like him/her to participate, please call or e-mail Ms. Dwyer. Groups for other topics may also be available.... please let us know if there is a particular need.