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School Counseling Services
Individual Supportive Counseling: from time to time children ask for or need additional support and reassurance during the course of the school day due to bothersome feelings or friendship problems. Students have the opportunity to visit the guidance counselor on an as needed basis to develop, learn, and implement strategies for addressing these issues. Parents and teachers may also refer students for ongoing weekly appointments when children may be experiencing behavioral, social, or emotional challenges (e.g. changing families, grief and loss issues, problems with anxiety and fear, difficulties with anger management) that are interfering with their ability to learn and focus in the classroom.
Snack/Lunch Bunch: Children may come to the guidance office with small groups of peers to eat snack/lunch together. These times are designed to provide children with the opportunity to strengthen/make friendships, express social concerns, brainstorm solutions, and develop a place of support should the need arise. The groups meet on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis with parent permission.
Small Group Counseling: Two or more children meet with the guidance counselor for weekly sessions on a 6-8 week basis to address an area of common concern (e.g. changing families, anger management, impulse control, social skills development). These groups are formed in response to adult referrals (parent/teacher/administrator) with parent permission.
Crisis Intervention: Children may meet with the guidance counselor in response to emergent situations that interfere with their ability to participate in class and need adult intervention (e.g. crying episodes, reports of unsafe circumstances or behaviors, family emergencies). The guidance counselor will also consult with parents and other adults needed to establish safety and a support network.