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Elementary Counseling Program

Elementary Counseling Program

School counseling enhances the learning process and promotes academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize their full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

Elementary school counselors provide guidance with:
  • academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • goal-setting and decision making
  • career awareness
  • education on understanding of self and others
  • peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • multicultural/diversity awareness
  • individual student planning

The overall areas of Academic Achievement, Personal Development, Social Development and Career Development are addressed in the following ways:

Individual Counseling
One-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades K-6. This support is intended to address specific emotional, behavioral or social concerns that a particular child may experience. Students are seen for a variety or reasons, including death in the family, changes in the home, conflicts with friends, difficulty with school work, self-esteem issues, anxiety, bullying, or mandated counseling for special education.

Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling provides support for K-6 students with similar academic, social or personal concerns. Small groups take place during lunchtime. Topics may include self-esteem, friendship, social skills, divorce/separation, anger management, cooperative play, organization, problem solving, or transition for new students. Teachers or parents can refer a student for group counseling when the child is exhibiting difficulty in a particular area. We also arrange lunch groups occasionally just to enjoy talking with each other!

Classroom Curriculum
Classroom guidance lessons in grades K-6 focus on a variety of issues commonly faces by elementary school-ages children. Classrooms are visited on a weekly/monthly rotation to discuss such topics as conflict resolution, respect for self and others, decision-making, friendship, bullying, teasing, inclusion, career exploration and cooperation/teamwork.
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