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Who is the elementary school counselor?

The elementary school counselor is a certified, caring professional who helps all students achieve academic and personal success.

How do elementary school counselors help students?

Individual counseling- to help children understand themselves and others.

Small group counseling- to help groups of students who are dealing with the same topic.

Group topics include friendship, anger management, divorce, and grief.

Classroom Guidance- to help students develop communication skills, to better understand themselves and others, and to learn about topics relevant to every day living. Every student at Gwin Elementary School participates in classroom guidance. Each class has guidance every other week for 30 minutes.

Second Step, a scientifically researched program is used in classroom guidance for grades K-5. The program addresses skills for social and academic success and it promotes school success, school connectedness, and safe and respectful school climate.  Topics include empathy and respect, listening with attention, being assertive, accepting others' feelings, calming down, and responding with compassion.  Music, video clips, and puppetry are integrated in the program.  Students also interact with their peers and practice skills through role play.

How do elementary school counselors help teachers and other professionals?

Consulting-to help identify the emotional academic needs of students.

Coordinating-to help plan activities and programs for individual growth and educational success.

How do students receive counseling services?

Referrals- Students, school personnel, and parents may refer a child to the school counselor. Parents may contact the school counselor to refer their child. A referral form is also sent to all parents at the beginning of the school year. Students may refer themselves by asking to see the counselor.

Counseling- Sessions last 15-30 minutes and are confidential. Parents and teachers are informed of the progress of the student.