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 and on the private Counselor Mailbox located on Main St., just outside the library door.

Parents will be notified and permission obtained if counseling is to be ongoing (more than 2-3 visits for the same concern).

Counseling in the school setting is solution-focused, short-term and 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 develop growth mindsets, improve study skills, understand their feelings and express them appropriately, develop coping strategies, and empower them to feel good about themselves and their abilities. After receiving 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. Groups typically meet for 30 minutes a week for 3-6 weeks and are scheduled to have the least impact possible on classroom instruction time. If you have any questions or feel that your child could benefit from participating in a small group, please contact the counselors or your child's teacher. 

PWCS and Springwoods' School Counseling Program follow the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors guidelines for small group counseling.  Focus of support fall in one of the following four domains: 


Mindsets: development of whole self, confidence-building
Learning Strategies: study skills, goal-setting skills
Self-Management Skills: self-control, coping skills (anxiety/stress, life changes)
Social Skills: communication, friendship, advocacy