School Counselor

Eustis-Farnam Public Schools

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

If you are experiencing a crisis and need immediate assistance or information, CALL 911 or you can use this 24/7 resource: Suicide & Crisis Lifeline - call or text 988

What Does a School Counselor Do?

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS

The School Counselor visits each classroom multiple times throughout the school year and has the chance to interact with every student during these lessons. Lessons typically last 30 minutes in length and cover various topics. 

School Counseling lessons follow Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework. CASEL addresses five broad and interrelated areas of competence and highlights examples for each: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. More on CASEL can be found at this LINK

In addition, American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success which describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development are utilized. More on ASCA can be found at this LINK.

Choose Love for Schools is the current SEL curriculum that is utilized at Eustis-Farnam Public School. More information on Choose Love for Schools can be found at this LINK.

K-5th Grades: Choose Love for Schools Curriculum and Sequence

Additional topics of lessons are developed and implemented depending upon the individual needs of each class. 

Scope Sequence Choose Love.pdf

6-12th Grades: School Counselor Lessons

Topics of lessons are developed and implemented depending upon the individual needs of each class during the school year. 

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 useful 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: 

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