Guidance Counselor

What does an Elementary Counselor do?

 

Elementary School Counselors help students succeed academically, personally and socially though education and exploration in the following ways:

 

How do I work with students?

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE:  I visit each classroom once a month to give presentations on various topics such as bullying, social skills, drugs & alcohol, peer pressure, choices & decisions, careers, middle school transition, and goals.  You are encouraged to review the lesson with your child and ask them to teach you what they have learned.  The majority of my time is spent proactively in the classroom.

 

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING:  Students are able to meet with me on a one-on-one basis.  Your child may be referred to me by the principal, teacher(s), parents, or self.  My role as a counselor is not to give “advice”.  As I explain to the students, they can think of me as a coach.  I help students to solve problems and create life strategies.  I do not simply give them the answers.  If a student needs to see me on an ongoing basis, the parent will be contacted and a permission slip sent home.  On average, on-going counseling lasts 3-4 sessions.  If a child needs additional counseling past 3-4 sessions, usually a referral is made to an outside agency.

 

SMALL GROUP COUNSELING:  Students also have the opportunity to meet with me in a small group setting.  A group consists of 2-7 students who meet for 8 weeks / once a week for 30 minutes on a given topic.  Topics may include friendship, social skills, divorce, loss/grief, self-esteem, anger management, and anxiety.  Groups are educational in nature and provide students with positive peer support.  Parent permission is obtained before group counseling begins. 

 

How do I work with parents?

INFORMATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:  I provide information for parents throughout the year on various topics of concern.

 

CONSULTATION:  I am a resource for parents and am available to help you develop strategies to help your child be successful academically and personally.

 

NOTE:

School Counselors do NOT provide a mental health diagnosis, nor does student’s participation in individual or group counseling go into a child’s permanent record.

 

I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your family this school year!  Please feel free to call, email, or drop by if there is anything that you need.

 

Mrs. Bridget Jones

[email protected]

(636)272-2704