Elementary School Counseling
School counselors are employed in elementary settings to provide all children with comprehensive and developmental programs that are based on proactive skill development and prevention of problems. We are professional educators with a mental health perspective. Elementary school is a time when students develop attitudes concerning school, self, peers, social groups, and family. They learn who they are as as friends, as learners, as people. It is a time when they are developing skills such as decision-making, communication, life training skills and character values. Comprehensive developmental counseling is based on prevention, providing goals that are integrated into all aspects of children's lives.
What counseling is not...
Please know that school counseling is not able to be long-term therapy. I will work with students experiencing difficulty, but may need to refer the family to outside resources. School counseling does not intend, in any way, to scrutinize or change students' family values or beliefs. School counseling will aim to promote child-parent communication and better problem solving skills for the child.
This will begin my 14th year as a school counselor, my 10th at NBC. I received a bachelors degree from Penn State in human development and family studies with a focus on children and adolescents. I then moved to Northern Virginia, where I continued my schooling at George Mason University and received a masters in education with a focus on school counseling. I had worked as a counselor in Loudoun County, Virginia for four years when my husband & I had our first child and started the process of moving back to PA.
I love my job as a counselor, and think I have the best job! I have the opportunity to get to know all the children in our school as well as the families and the community. I am proud to be a part of the Little Panther family and look forward to working with you to determine the best approach in assisting your children to ensure they are successful both academically & socially.
Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at 766.4774 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary School Counselors implement the counseling program by providing the following:School Counseling Core CurriculumAll students in grades K-5 will participate in classroom guidance lessons approximately every other 6-day cycle. These lessons focus on skills that will help students be successful in the areas of academic development, career development, and personal/social development. Classroom lessons are based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National model and the standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. I incorporate as many games and creative activities as possible to make the learning fun and engaging for students while meeting the goals established by a developmental counseling program at NBC.Academic development goalGoal setting, decision making, transition plans,Strengths/weaknesses, self-understandingStudy skills/ organizationCareer development goalCareer awareness, exploration and planningPersonal/Social development goalUnderstanding self/others, peer relationships,coping strategies, effective social skillsCommunication, problem solving, conflict resolutionCharacter EducationBullying Prevention and awarenessIndividual Student Planning & AssistanceAcademic planning/supportCrisis interventionsEducation on self-understandingTransition plansResponsive ServicesConflict ResolutionConsultation & collaboration with parents, faculty & administrationIndividual/family/school crisis interventionIndividual and small group counselingReferrals to school & community based resourcesSystem SupportConsultation, collaboration & teamingProgram management, operation & outreach, professional development