OVERVIEW OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
The elementary school counseling program consists of three main components:
Classroom Guidance (Social/Emotional Learning), Small Group Counseling, and Individual Counseling.
Small group and individual counseling in the school setting is short-term and not therapeutic in purpose.
Classroom lessons are provided in kindergarten through fifth grade. The basis of the curriculum is The Second Step Program. Second Step is a researched-based curriculum designed to promote social competence and reduce children’s social-emotional problems. It consists of six units of study: (a) skills for learning (b) empathy (c) emotion management (d) problem solving (e) steps to respect (bullying prevention) and (f) child protective behaviors/safety.
For career readiness skills, K-5 students participate in a variety of career exploration lessons/activities.
SMALL GROUP COUNSELING
Small group counseling occurs when three or more students meet with the counselor at the same time. The groups may be need-based (all students share a common concern), growth-centered (designed to promote personal development) or skill-based (designed to teach a social/emotional skill and provide opportunity to practice). Examples of need-based groups are friendship groups and family change groups. Examples of growth-centered groups are self-concept groups and school success groups. Examples of skill-based groups are self-regulation and problem-solving groups. Small counseling groups take place at the invitation and discretion of the school counselor. The groups typically meet for a 20 minute duration of one to four times. Small group counseling in the school setting is short-term and not therapeutic in purpose. Parent permission is required.
Individual counseling is a one-to-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem situation or topic of interest. Referrals for individual counseling may come from teachers, parents, the principal, or from a student self-referral. Students meet with the counselor for a variety of reasons including peer issues, family concerns, managing feelings, and school difficulties. Individual counseling in the school setting is short-term and not therapeutic in purpose. Parent permission is required.
All information shared with your school counselor is confidential unless you are planning to harm yourself or others or you are a victim of abuse or neglect.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM OVERVIEW