Our counselors provide topic-specific seminars and facilitate discussions that are comprehensive and developmentally appropriate. The topics focus on the social and emotional development of students. In addition, our school counselors are available to provide individual and small group sessions as needed and when appropriate. When students or families require more intensive support, the counselors provide parents with referral information regarding professional services in the community.
Counselors play an integral role in working with students who have behaved inappropriately or who have been hurtful to their peers. The counselor’s role is not disciplinary. Rather s(he) provides a safe place where students who have been in conflict with each other can come together to discuss and resolve their differences. We consider this a very important step in creating teachable moments as a positive outgrowth of disciplinary challenges.
Parents play an essential role as allies in their child’s education. Therefore, parent education is integrated into the counseling program to help parents stay informed and to provide discussion forums. The parent coffees held throughout the year invite opportunities for meaningful conversations among parents, school counselors, and administrators related to the social development of children and their needs at different stages.
Our counselors facilitate classroom activities that are comprehensive and developmentally appropriate. These activities are proactive and address topics such as making and keeping friends, compassion, respect for self and others, responsibility for self and community, effective communication with parents, and media awareness. Story-based lessons are held about managing emotion, thinking and behavior. Lunch meetings are held to to work on social skills development and prevention of negative social behavior.
Throughout the Middle School years, our counselors present information and facilitate discussions to help students make informed decisions that affect their social and emotional wellbeing. They address topics that are developmentally appropriate such as friendship, dating, sexuality, resiliency, personal and social responsibility, communicating with parents, personal goal setting, and social networking and the influence of media. The information presented is based on current research. School counselors also provide individual and small group sessions as needed and when appropriate. Parents play an essential role as allies in their child’s education. Therefore, parent education is integrated into the counseling program to help parents stay informed and to provide discussion forums.