Classroom guidance allows the school counselor to work with a large group of students. Classroom guidance can include whole-group instruction, discussion, working in groups, art activities, and role-playing. Topics covered in classroom guidance include: bullying prevention, social skills, career development, conflict resolution, and self-control. Units are developed with a focus on the academic, personal/social, and career development of all students and are based on the needs of the students and teachers.
Individual Counseling is available for all students. Students can be referred by themselves, teachers, or parents. During individual counseling, students are empowered to create their own goals and to build on their strengths in order to make positive changes. Topics covered during individual counseling will vary based on the student's needs, but can include: anger management, conflict resolution, improving academic skills, coping with death, dealing with crisis situations.
Small Group Counseling
Small groups allow the school counselor to work with four to six students on a specific topic. Groups are usually formed based on a need identified by students, teachers, or parents. Groups meet for six sessions and parent permission is obtained before groups begin. Topics covered in group counseling can include: new student orientation, developing healthy friendships, cultural identity, and reducing test anxiety.
Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to contact the school counselors with any questions or concerns they may have. Students may contact the school counselor using the referral slips outside the counselor's office. Teacher consultations can cover behavioral or academic concerns and goals, classroom interventions, behavior management, or personal/social needs of students. Parent consultations can focus upon concerns at school or home, parenting strategies, or developmental concerns.
Confidentiality is an important part of the counseling process. Students are encouraged to share their conversations with the counselor with their families.