Welcome to the Elementary School Counselor Website!

Debbie Kerridge, MA, Licensed Professional School Counselor

School Counselor, CE Jacobson Elementary, Rush City Public School Email: dkerridge@rushcity.k12.mn.us

Address: 51001 Fairfield Avenue, Rush City, MN, 55069

Counseling services offered at CE Jacobsen Elementary:

Guidance Lessons: Guidance lessons are an integral part of the elementary school counseling program and important to every student’s academic success. One of the most effective ways for school counselors to help prevent academic problems is by learning how our brain reacts to stress and how to help students focus attention, improve self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. This year, I am using the MindUp (skills for social and academic success). This program teaches empathy, problem-solving and mindfulness skills to all students K-6. For more information regarding this program, please visit the MindUp website: https://mindup.org/

Individual Counseling: Elementary school counselors are available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student's educational success is being impacted. The school counselor spends time working with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, and to empower problem solving methods. Elementary school counselors assist ALL children and is considered a part of a regular educational service provided by the school. While a school counselor cannot always provide on-going counseling, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short term counseling. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.

Small Group Counseling: The purpose of small group counseling is to complement and enhance students' learning by improving their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Small group counseling provides a safe setting where children, along with their peers, can increase their self-awareness and improve their cooperation and communication skills. The children can learn from each other. Ultimately the goal of small group counseling is to prevent problems in the future by teaching children new skills. Every child can benefit from participation in a small group. Students can be invited to join a group by parent request, teacher or counselor suggestion, or by the students themselves. Current groups include: self-esteem (grades k-6), family change (grades k-6), stress management (grades 3-6), and self-control (grades k-2).

Collaborate with Teachers and Staff: Both teachers and counselors have similar goals: the educational success of each student. It is important that school counselors collaborate with teachers and administrators to promote student learning. If a student is having problems in a classroom, school counselors will join together with teachers to come up with some practical strategies which will remove educational barriers and enhance the learning environment of that student.

Consult with Parents: Parents and school counselors speak with each other to help the child/student on a variety of issues such as new school transitions, special needs, family transitions, and crisis situations. Studies have shown that children have greater academic achievement when their parents are involved in their education. Parental involvement is critical to helping a child be a successful student. Both parents and counselors can share information with each other to help meet the needs of the student. Additionally, school counselors can help put parents in touch with community resources, if the need arises.

Community Resources: School counselors can provide short-term individual counseling for students, but when more intervention is required, they can coordinate referrals to community agencies.


How can I make an Appointment with the School Counselor?

You can....

Come into my office – Room 110A

Email me- dkerridge@rushcity.k12.mn.us

Call me –320-358-325

Talk with your child’s teacher about making an appointment for you or your child

Resources

Parenting and Behavior Support Web Resources https://childmind.org/audience/for-families/

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (Helpful information about how to address concerns for suicide https://www.sptsusa.org/

Sesame Street In Communities, Resources and Activities for Managing Difficult Situations for Young Children https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/

Guide to Mental Health and Wellness https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/counseling/masters/a-counselors-guide-to-mental-health-and-wellness/

Mental Health Therapy -Therapeutic Services Agency https://www.hoperealized.com/programs-services/mental-health-in-schools

Chisago County Resource Directory http://www.co.chisago.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/5551/Chisago-County-and-Community-Resource-Directory

Pine County Resource Directory https://www.co.pine.mn.us/departments/health_and_human_services/resource_links.php