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School Counseling

What does a school counselor do?
The role of the elementary counselor is to guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with a variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at large may have.  Specifically, the school counseling program at Jacobs Road Elementary School has three major goals:
To aid students in developing personal/social skills (conflict resolution, social skills, coping strategies, etc.) 
To assist students with academic concerns (organization, study skills, and classroom behavior, etc.) 
To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills (developing individual interests and abilities, learning about jobs and careers, etc.) 
Who is a school counselor?
A Professional who has earned a Master’s Degree in school counseling. 
An Educator who holds state certification in school counseling to include counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues.  Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today's students.  Professional association membership enhances the school counselor's knowledge and effectiveness.  
A Specialist who has expertise in age-specific developmental stages of student growth, and the needs, tasks, and student interests related to those stages. 

The primary role of a school counselor is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential, socially, emotionally, and academically.  Because there are so many situations that interfere with a child’s learning process, we are here to help students work through those issues.  We provide students with early interventions as well as preventative strategies so that ALL students benefit.
Assessment Resources--Information on Gifted and SOL Testing 
Coordinating the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program 
Coordinating Student Safety Patrol Program 
Coordinating Peer Ambassador Program 
Child Abuse/Substance Abuse Prevention  
Consultation/Collaboration with teachers  
Consultation/Collaboration with Parents 

**Parents Please Note:  While we provide many services for students and their families, we are unable to testify in child custody matters.  We are also unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students