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FAQ

How do children get to see us?


Children may come to us in a variety of ways.  Usually it’s by recommendation of the classroom teacher and/or parent.  Often, children will approach us themselves and ask if they can see us or they can use our  “School Counseling Sign-Up Sheet” in Google Classroom 


Will you notify me if you see my child?


Children frequently pop in to tell us about relatively minor or time-limited issues like an argument with a peer or the death of a pet.  If that happens, we may not notify you unless:  there is a safety concern, your child has asked to see one of us repeatedly, or if the worry or problem is significant (by adult standards).


What exactly does a school counselor do?


Much like the school nurse, our services are available to ALL students, not just those with an emotional disability or in a crisis.  It is our job to make sure that students are happy and doing their best at school.  This is a tall order since so many factors go into kids doing well---their ability to focus and pay attention, their relationships with peers and teachers, how well they can manage their feelings and impulses, and their lives outside of school.  We can address these issues using individual or small group counseling, as well as classroom counseling lessons.  


How are you different from a therapist at an outside agency?


We frequently see children just once or twice, or in the classroom setting.  Although we do often help children with family problems and behavior at home, our primary role is to deal with school-related problems.  Sometimes an issue is better addressed more intensively in a therapeutic setting, and with greater direct parental involvement.  Contact us to recommend an outside therapist for your child should you need one.


Why do kids need school counseling?


Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.  Students who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior and then are capable of making responsible choices.  Schools, parents, and communities that communicate and collaborate provide the most effective support to children.  Attitudes formed during middle school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.



What are some common issues you deal with?


Anxiety

Anger Management

Friendship Skills

Personal Space

Conflict Resolution

Divorce

Death/Illness

Managing Feelings

Study/Organizational Skills


What are the counseling services provided by a school counselor?


Individual Counseling

Small Group Counseling

Classroom Counseling Lessons

Consultation with parents and teachers

Coordination with outside agencies & therapists

Referrals for community services