Hello families! Welcome back to a new school year. Once again I will be serving BES in the mornings and BIS in the afternoons; I can be reached directly through email or by calling either school. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people ask, “What does an elementary school counselor do?”
Well here it is put simply. I am here to HELP!
“Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills, who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a comprehensive school-counseling program to support students through this important developmental period.” –American School Counseling Association. ASCA
What do I offer for your children at school?
I offer direct and indirect student services including:
- School counseling core curriculum- once a month your child will participate in whole class instruction.
- Individual student planning- advisement in goal setting based on social/emotional data.
- Responsive services-
o Individual counseling; provide planned, short term and goal focused counseling. (as needed basis by parent/teacher request) School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools.
o Small group counseling; organized short-term groups promoting social/emotional development (as needed basis by parent/teacher request).
o Crisis response- Provide support and assistance to students and families as they navigate crisis and emergency situations.
- Collaboration- Work with educators, parents, and the community to support student achievement.
- Referrals- Support for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
What does it take to be a school counselor?
“Elementary school counselors hold a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes ongoing professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.” -ASCA
BES/BIS School Counselor