School Counselor

Eustis-Farnam Public Schools

Trista Koch | trista.koch@efknights.org | 308-486-3991

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS

I visit each classroom multiple times throughout the school year and have the chance to interact with every student during these lessons. Lessons typically last 30 minutes in length and cover topics such as school readiness skills, understanding feelings of self and others, problem solving skills, friendship skills, and study skills. Such lessons are developed and implemented depending upon the individual needs of each class.

The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum for Kindergarten through 5th grade students and is utilized at Eustis-Farnam. Through this program, students will develop:

  • skills for learning
  • empathy
  • emotional management
  • problem solving

SMALL GROUP COUNSELING

A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending some extra time developing academic, social, or emotional skills along with their peers, and to students who are coping with similar life situations. Groups can have anywhere from 3-8 members. Students may be referred to small groups by a teacher, parent, or even themselves.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Some students can benefit from one-on-one counseling regarding academic, social, or emotional challenges.

STUDENT & PARENT RESOURCES - links to resources that may be helpful in helping your student navigate the many aspects of school, family and behavior.

HOTLINES - follow this link for direct communication resources on common issues such as suicide, abuse and neglect, family help, etc.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Anything a student tells me will be held in confidence EXCEPT:

  • Disclosure of child abuse (him/herself or another child)
  • Disclosure of intent to harm him/herself
  • Disclosure of the intent to harm another person

These disclosures are cause for mandatory reporting to the proper authorities (police, health and human services, parents, etc.)