What do elementary school counselors do?
The school counselors, social worker and school psychologist work with school staff, parents and the community to help students to have a positive and successful school experience. The primary focus of the counseling program at the elementary level is prevention. School counselors work with all students and help to empower them with self-knowledge, positive interpersonal skills and coping strategies for issues that elementary students typically face.
Some of the ways that they help are:
Sometimes it helps to talk to someone.
Meet with students individually for a variety of reasons. Students may want to talk about problems such as peer issues and being successful in school.
Sometimes it helps to talk to each other.
Counselors meet with small groups of children who have similar concerns. When students hear others talk about feelings or handling problems, they get ideas that they can use for themselves. Group topics include but are not limited to: social skills, academic readiness, stress management and anger management issues.
In The Classroom
We can all learn from each other.
Each year the elementary counseling department will teach a series of lessons in the classroom. Some of the programs they use to spark discussion are: Good Touch, Bad Touch, Emotions and how to understand them, and mindfulness.
Parents and teachers need to talk, too.
The staff works closely with teachers and parents to plan for students, discuss helpful strategies for problems, and to review progress. In addition, staff will refer student and or family to outside programs when needed.