Guidance Services

Guidance at Mitchell School focuses on helping to ensure the social and emotional health of all the students and includes work in classrooms, with small groups of children, and individual meetings with students to achieve this goal. Guidance counselors works closely with both teachers and parents to help students enjoy school and to be successful academically, personally, and socially.

Classroom Work

At Mitchell School classroom lessons are offered to help students develop their social and emotional skills. The 2nd Step program is used in the younger grades, and in the older grades Community Conversations (based on the Steps to Respect program) are utilized. The focus of these programs is to help students understand their own and others' emotions, to learn how to problem solve and how to manage their emotions. Classroom teachers and guidance are involved in providing these lessons on a regular basis. These lessons compliment the Responsive Classroom, Social Thinking, and Zones of Regulation approach that is imbedded in each classroom.

Individual Counseling

Teachers, parents, and students themselves can request guidance support for concerns a child may encounter that interfere with their school functioning. Students are seen for a variety of issues and provided support and help to develop positive coping skills. Student concerns may be around feelings of anxiety or sadness, coping with an unexpected event, problems with peers, worry about leaving home, or needing help with positive decision making and good behavioral choices.

Group Work

Children may be paired with a peer or grouped in lunch time gatherings for counseling meetings. Getting support from peers, giving advice to a peer, and not feeling alone are learning opportunities for all.

Parent and Teacher Consultation

Both teachers and parents may have questions about a child's development and guidance can provide consultation and advice about ways to best help a student.

Date last modified September 2021