Block House Creek Elementary

School Counseling Program

What is a school counselor?

A professional school counselor is different from a therapeutic counselor. I am a teacher who has had special training to help students find success in education.

Leander ISD's school counselors help children find success in school by promoting academic, career, personal, and social development. The comprehensive counseling program involves parents in decision making regarding their child's well being and education. Counselors in LISD may collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to identify barriers that may impede student achievement, knowing that every student is unique. They can help students attain positive attitudes towards themselves, their family and their community.

The counseling program includes:

Classroom Lessons: Lessons are taught to every classroom K-5th grades, about once per month. These lessons include conflict resolution, social skills, problem solving, goal setting, career exploration, classroom skills, self regulation, etc... Extra lessons may be taught to classes at teacher request.

Small Group Lessons: Support is provided to students through small group lessons at teacher and parent request. Some examples of small group needs are: coping with feelings, social skills, classroom skills, handling test anxiety, etc... Friendship groups meet during lunch to help students get to know other students.

Individual Support: Students are met with individually depending on their current situation and need. Students are assisted with social, emotional, and academic problems. The goal is to help students to be successful in the classroom. Interventions are brief solution-focused interventions in which students are encouraged to come up with their own methods for solving their problems. Ongoing therapy is not provided.

Parent & Teacher Collaboration: Teachers, staff, parents, administrators, and counselors collaborate to establish a positive, student-centered learning environment. We work together to create individual plans for students to manage their educational, personal, and social development.

The BHC Counseling Dept. uses the ASCA National Model. ASCA (American School Counselor Association) created the ASCA National Model, which is a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.

The essential role of the elementary school counselor

ASCA National Model: Delivery

School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:

Direct Student Services

Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:

School counseling core curriculum

This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

Individual student planning

School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.

Responsive services

Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.

Indirect Student Services

Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.

ASCA use of time recommendations for elementary school counselors

Direct Services 80%:

  • School counseling core curriculum 45%
  • Individual student planning 5%
  • Responsive services 30%

Indirect Services: System Support 20%

I support the campus with many hats (indirect services):