• School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. School counselors design and deliver school counseling programs that improve student outcomes. They lead, advocate and collaborate to promote equity and access for all students by connecting their school counseling program to the school’s academic mission and school improvement plan. They provide support and counseling in three domains: Individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom guidance. 


    Individual Counseling

    Individual counseling may occur during a single session, or a few consecutive sessions. Because of the nature of being in a school setting, school counselors meet with students individually 3-6 times. Sessions usually last about 15-30 minutes. If a child continues to have difficulties, appropriate community resources for long-term counseling can be provided. Here are examples of topics covered in individual counseling:

    • Grief/Loss

    • Adjustments and Transitions

    • Behavior

    • Decision-making

    • Friendships

    • Academics

    • Family Changes


    Small Group Counseling

    Small group counseling provides an environment where students can learn new skills and explore topics with their peers. Groups may be based on schoolwide data, parent referral, teacher referral and/or self referral from children. Groups are typically 30 minutes and last 4- 6 weeks. Students work in groups of 3-6 on a particular topic or skill during small group counseling. We have a variety of small groups available. Groups allow children to develop coping skills, a sense of belonging and to realize that they are not alone in their concerns. Groups may include:

    • School Success

    • Coping Skills

    • Emotional Regulation

    • Self-Esteem

    • Social Skills

    • Friendship

    • Anxiety and Stress

    • Study Skills

    • Building Resilience


    Classroom Guidance

    All students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade receive guidance lessons throughout the year covering a variety of topics in three main areas of development: personal/social, academic, and career. Classroom guidance is an integrative way to reach the highest number of students. Counselors collaborate with classroom teachers to determine the needs of the class and can change topics accordingly.

    • Emotion Management

    • Problem Solving Skills

    • Bullying Prevention

    • Study Skills

    • Empathy

    • Goal Setting

    • Mindset

    • Career Exploration

    • Conflict Resolution

    • Diversity Appreciation

    • Transition to Middle School