School Counseling

Mrs. Jennifer Goodman

 

 

School Counselors, also referred to as Guidance Counselors, help every student improve academic achievement, personal and social development and career planning.   School Counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students in the following ways:

 

Individual Counseling
Counseling is designed to help students develop an understanding of themselves and others, define goals, and resolve conflict. I DO NOT do psychotherapy or other techniques used in a clinical setting or any that focus on mental illness. Students may self-refer by leaving a note in my mailbox.  Additionally,parents or teachers may request that I see a child to discuss a particular concern. I see students, individually, one time to multiple sessions over several weeks, depending on the topic. I do not see a student more than three times on one issue without contacting parents.

Group Counseling & Guidance
Sometimes students who share a common concern find it helpful to meet together to share ideas and support each other. Possible group topics are Grief, Divorce or Family Change, Social Skills, Friendship, Violence Prevention, Problem-Solving, Anger, Study Skills, Career Exploration, and Classroom Issues.

Classroom Guidance
Each class receives classroom Guidance lessons for 30 minutes twice a week. Guidance activities are designed to help students succeed and get along in the classroom.Guidance lessons are based on the state standards for school counseling.  Lesson topics include bullying, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, caring, violence prevention, study skills, careers, making friends and more.

 

 

Role of the Elementary Counselor

The role of the elementary counselor is to empower, guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the near limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at large may have.  Specifically, the thrust of the counseling program is defined by three major goals: 

 

             1.  Educational: To assist students with personal and academic concerns such as coping with stress, learning to study, and behaving appropriately in class. 

 

             2.  Career: To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills including knowing how to make decisions, developing individual interests and abilities, and learning about jobs and careers. 

 

             3.  Personal/Social Development: To aid students in developing interpersonal skills such as resolving conflicts, communicating with others and understanding how their behavior affects others. 

 

             The elementary guidance program focuses on identifying and teaching students those skills that are appropriate for their age that will help them successfully solve problems.