School counselors play an integral part in the education of all students by focusing on academic, social/emotional, and career awareness in addition to providing developmental, preventative, and remedial services. The district’s school counseling curriculum gives me the opportunity to work with students in large groups (classroom) and small groups, as well as individually to provide assistance in solving problems that may interfere with their educational and personal development.
Classroom School Counseling Lessons
Classroom lessons are provided throughout the year to K-5 classes. Lessons occur every week for a duration of 30 minutes. Class activities and discussions with students focus on a variety of topics such as understanding self and others, bullying prevention and education, making friends, differences in tattling and reporting, cooperation, teamwork, problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, career awareness, and character education.
Small Group Counseling
Small group lessons will be offered throughout the year for students and will be formed by common topics. Small Groups will meet once a week for 30 minutes during school hours and last for approximately 4 - 6 weeks. Group meeting times will be determined after each child's classroom schedule is reviewed and a time can be scheduled that least impact their time away from instruction. Each small group is separated by age. Permission slips outlining the group objectives will be sent home prior to the first meeting of each group. No student will be allowed to participate in a small group without a signed parent/guardian permission slip. Students, teachers, parents, and school administrators all work together to determine if a student could benefit from participating in a small group. Small counseling groups and the participants all practice confidentiality.
I am available to meet individually with students to discuss any concerns or worries that may impact their learning while here at school. Student issues typically are those of friendship, grief, divorce, conflict, and school anxiety. Students may be referred to the counselor by a parent, teacher or administrator.
Thank you for sharing your child with me! Ms. Beller ~