Welcome to Guidance at NCS!

SCHOOL COUNSELOR: CHELSEY WEEKS, M.ED.


The school counselor serves students grades K-8 at Nobleboro Central School, as well as students grades 5-8 in the Center for Alternative Learning (CAL), the district's alternative education program.

WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
  • Promotes academic, social, emotional, and personal growth.
  • Works with students and their families to decrease barriers to learning.
  • Conducts developmentally appropriate and relevant classroom lessons.
  • Facilitates small groups designed to target a particular skill or achieve a particular goal.
  • Meets with individuals to provide one-on-one counseling and assistance.
  • Consults and collaborates with parents, teachers, administrators, and other professionals.
  • Coordinates resources and outreach efforts.
  • Provides support to all members of the school community-- students, parents, and staff.
  • Maintains confidentiality in any counseling situation, with the exception of:
    • Suspected cases of abuse or neglect
    • If a student poses danger to self or others
    • The student and/or parent/guardian gives permission to share information 
              *The school counselor often consults with other school professionals, but only shares  
                information necessary to achieving the goals of the consultation. 

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?

    School counselors must:
  • Have a Master's degree in counseling  
  • Be certified by the state of Maine.

WHEN DO STUDENTS SEE THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
  • During classroom guidance or small group lessons.
  • When there is an identified need or concern.
  • When parents indicate a desire for their child to be seen by the school counselor.
  • When teachers, administrators, or other school staff refer students.
  • When students request to see the school counselor.
           *Individual and small group counseling is short-term, voluntary, and confidential.

 WHAT ARE SOME COMMON TOPICS & ISSUES ADDRESSED BY THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
  • Self-esteem/image/worth
  • Social skills
  • Friendship
  • School success (organization, study skills, time management, attendance)
  • Behavioral and learning difficulties
  • Character building
  • Family concerns (divorce, loss)
  • Personal challenges (stress, anxiety, depression, anger)
  • Coping skills
  • Health and development
  • Future academic/career goals (interests, strengths, high school transition)

To contact the school counselor, call (207) 563-3437 and ask to be connected to guidance 
or via email at cweeks@aos93.org