Elementary school counselors foster the educational, career and social/emotional development of students throughout their academic careers. Our goal is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoy a positive school experience. We work with students, parents, and fellow staff members to help students receive the support needed to be successful. As counselors, we meet with students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class format. We teach students coping strategies, skills, and methods to handle various challenges. Students, parents, and staff members may request counseling services. All counseling services are brief and solution focused. We also provide referrals for more intense services at the parents’ request. Counselors act as a liaison providing information and resources with school based support systems and outside agencies.
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Students with well-developed social-emotional skills spend more time on task and more time helping others, resulting in a decrease in negative behavior and significant increases in learning opportunities and academic achievement. The key elements of these social-emotional skills taught by VPA school counselors are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.