Ms. Winkelmann: Counseling
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Counseling Program work?
There are three main areas where the School Counselor works at Heritage: Large group instruction related to Social-Emotional Learning, Small Groups targeting a specific issues or challenges for a handful of students, and one-on-one student meetings.
How can a student access Small Group or 1:1 meetings with the Counselor?
When a parent or a teacher observes need in a student, he/she can make a referral to the Counseling program. Those links are above! Referrals will come to the Counselor and the School Psychologist, and are staffed weekly.
Is a 1:1 meeting therapy?
No. While meetings with a School Counselor may experienced by the youth as therapeutic, School Counselors do not provide therapy. Parents and teachers should consider meetings with the School Counselor a "softer support" than a student could receive in traditional outpatient/clinical settings. At this time, the maximum number of meetings a student may have with the Counselor during an academic year is 7. Meetings are solution-focused, intended to help build skills, and a way to provide additional emotional support to students on a short-term/triage basis.
What happens when a student's meetings are exhausted?
Speak to Ms. Winkelmann about this, case-by-case. Often, parents and the School Counselor will work together to determine next steps that provide additional or on-going support for students.