Students can meet with the school counselor by self-referral, counselor, teacher, or parent request. During individual meetings, the counselor can help students understand and accept themselves, cope with family changes/or family crises, and develop decision-making skills, conflict resolution skills, anger management techniques, and problem-solving strategies.
The following are just a few examples of the situations in which school counselors can help students:
My best friend and I seem to be fighting a lot lately. We just can't seem to get along.
My parents are getting a divorce. I'm scared about what's happening to our family.
I am the new student here at school, and I am afraid that I just won't fit in.
My father just lost his job, and everyone at home seems to be upset all the time.
I live with my grandparents. My family isn't like my friend's family.
My parents are fighting a lot more than they used to. Is it something I did?
I have been having nightmares lately, and it takes me so long to fall asleep at night.
My grandpa just passed away.
My mommy just had a new baby, and it's ruining everything!
My dad just got remarried, and I have new siblings. They don't like me.
I do my homework, but I can't seem to remember to bring it with me to school.
Johnny said if I don't give him my lunch money again that I'd be sorry!
I do not know what to do after high school...
According to the American School Counseling Association, students’ unmet mental health needs pose barriers to learning and development. Because of school counselors’ training and position, we are uniquely qualified to provide assistance. NOTE: This type of support is provided on a short-term basis only. For ongoing therapeutic care, outside referrals must be made.
The American School Counseling Association describes group counseling as an efficient and effective way to meet students’ academic, career, and social/emotional needs. Group counseling makes it possible for students to achieve healthier academic and personal growth in a rapidly changing world. Group counseling has a positive effect on academic achievement and personal growth. Students will be invited to join groups based on teacher, parent, or self-referral.
We believe students can serve as a positive role model or offer understanding and a new perspective when participating in a small group counseling experience. Please note that group counseling in a small group format can be for everyone, and participation does not indicate a problem.
Throughout the school year, students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade may be invited to participate in a small group. The small group experience is an enjoyable way for students to benefit from personal growth as well as to gain support from peers with similar situations/experiences. Group arrangements are typically made through counselor, parent, and teacher referrals. The small groups usually will meet once a week for approximately six weeks. Small group topics may vary and may be created based on students' needs.
Topics may include (but are not limited to):
Grief: Loss or Death