School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students. (American School Counseling Association, 2014)As your school counselor, I will be providing services through classroom guidance lessons, specialty topic small groups, and individually with students as needed. Below are the definitions of each type of counseling delivery method:
For classroom-based counseling, lessons and topics are determined by what the classroom teachers feel is needed most, and by school-wide initiatives. Some of the topics that will likely be covered through classroom guidance will be friendship, bullying, positive behavior and character qualities, career guidance, self-esteem, and academic success strategies.
For small group counseling, I will send home a permission form to let parents know what the topic is, what will be covered, and the goals of the group. Parents always have the option to either allow their child to participate, or to decline their participation. Some examples of small group topics are: worrying and anxiety, organization and test-taking strategies, self-esteem, and behavior management.
To receive individual counseling, a student is referred by their parent/guardian, teacher, or principal. Students can also request to see me. Students come to my office to talk about things that impact their learning at school, such as friendships, stress, and self-esteem. In my office, students can feel free to talk about what worries them and to ask questions. With individual counseling, I will meet with your child regularly at first and then slowly decrease services to an “as needed” basis.