School Counselors are able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. Some topics that school counselors often work with students on include:
- Academic support (identifying barriers to success and creating interventions)
- Anger management
- Behavior problems at school
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
- Divorce/family separation
- Goal setting and decision-making
- Grief and loss
- New student orientation
- Organization and study skills
- Peer relationships and effective social skills
While the support provided may be therapeutic, the role of a school-based counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. If there are concerns that need more consistent and comprehensive services beyond one or two meetings, we would be happy to provide resources for nearby therapists and agencies in our community that specialize in helping school-aged children.
If you would like to have your child's school counselor meet with them to discuss a particular topic or otherwise help support them at school, please fill out the email the school counselor for your campus.
Small Group Counseling
Small group counseling will be offered as determined by need. Typically, they begin in late October and late January for six weeks at a time. Students join a group with a similar grade level and meet once a week for about 25 minutes during the school day. Students are given the opportunity to discuss the emotions that may occur, develop coping strategies and self-awareness, improve confidence, and hear from peers that they are not alone. During our time together, we often use games, art, music, modeling, role play, and books along with discussion to practice these skills.
Small group topics include:
- FISH Group (Families in Separate Homes): for students whose parents have or are currently experiencing divorce or separation
- Friendship Group: social skills training
- Girls Rock: building self-esteem and resiliency in girls
- Building Champions: encouraging the leader within boys
- Angry Birds: helping students understand their anger and strong emotions
- Worry Warriors: learning coping skills for stress/anxiety
If you are interested in having your child be in a small group in the future, please email your child's school counselor.
If you have questions about small groups, please reference our frequently asked questions or email your child's school counselor.