Individual counseling is offered to ALL students. A student can be referred for individual counseling by teachers, parents, administrators, school staff, counselors, or the student themselves. There are many reasons students work with a school counselor individually. Some examples are anger management, anxiety, divorce, grief and loss, making and keeping friends, self-esteem, and social skills.
If a student's presenting issue is ongoing a referral may be made for outside counseling services.
School counselor's help students meet the following ASCA standards:
- Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school and across the life span.
- Students will complete school with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of substantial post-secondary options, including college.
- Students will understand the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community.
- Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
- Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.
- Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.
Personal Social Development
- Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
- Students will make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.
- Students will understand safety and survival skills.
Small Group Counseling
Students are sometimes referred for Small Group Counseling when they are experiencing a problem that other students are facing. Groups are designed to teach students how to manage their feelings and how to COPE with their emotions in both academic and social settings. Groups encourage students to be role models for others and to set a standard of excellence in their classrooms.
Anger - Helping students learn how to identify and appropriately express their anger
Anxiety - Giving students the tools they need to overcome their anxious feelings
Divorce - Helping students cope with their parents divorce
Grief and Loss - Helping students cope with their thoughts and feelings related to their loss
Making and Keeping Friends - Helping students reflect on the characteristics of good friends
Self-Esteem - Helping students boost their confidence
Social Skills - Helping students build an understanding of positive school behaviors.