Counselor Corner

Mrs. Nelson LCPC, DBTC-School Counselor

Hello! I am Mrs. Nelson! I am so excited for this school year. I have been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor for several years. I began my counseling career in 2005 as a substance use counselor working with adults, families and adolescents.

I absolutely love my position as a school counselor at Harrison Elementary. I am thrilled to be your child’s counselor.

I am a wife and mother of 5 adult children with 5 grandchildren whom I love spending time with always.

Calendar for January 2022

January 14, 2021-Dress favorite sport team and $.50 dinosaur sell

January 25, 2022 Spring pictures

Calendar for February 2022

February 1, 2022 Tie/Scarves/Bow dress up

February 4, 2022 Friday Fun- galaxy goo slime for $.50 cents and dress like a super hero

February 14, 2022 Valentine classroom Parties

February 17, 2022 Virtual Leadership day

February 21st and 22nd NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

February 24, 2022-Girl's Activity bring your favorite guy

Services provided by the School Counselor:

Individual Counseling: Individual counseling offers students one-on-one time with a caring adult in a safe and confidential environment. Students will be able to explore their thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors in order to better understand themselves and others. The counselor will help students set personal goals, and work toward desired growth.

Group Counseling: Groups give students a chance to work together to create growth. Groups may include: *Feeling Better About Everything *Friendship *My 2 Homes*And much more. Feeling better about everything group: It is a one time per week 30 minute group during student lunch. The group is four weeks. The students will learn “what makes you mad”, “how does your body feel when you are mad”, “how other feelings come out as anger”, “how to communicate feelings”, “learn to share/work together” and “different ways to cope with feelings”. The group has 5 students that are all in the same grade so they learn from each other and see how other kids deal with frustrations. Social Distance will be maintained throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Friendship group: It is a one time per week 30 minute group during student lunch. The group is four weeks. The students will learn “How to ask someone to be a friend”, “What does it mean to be a friend”, “What is empathy”, “How do you know if someone is your friend”, “Boundaries” and “Healthy activities to support each other as friends”. Social Distance will be maintained throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

My 2 Homes Group: This is a divorce group for students who are currently experiencing divorce or who have dealt with parents divorce/separation. The students will learn ways to "communicate their needs", "learn from peers how they cope", "how to manage emotions when moving from home 2 home", "understanding there may different rules at each home and learn how to cope with the differences", and "planning ahead when changing homes".

Classroom Guidance: We will explore: *7 Habits of Leader in Me *Kelso's Choices-Conflict Resolution *Second Step *Career development *Rules/Safety *Drug Education *Anti-Bullying *And More

Outside Counseling available at Harrison Elementary School

Harrison Elementary is currently in the process of interviewing. Services will hopefully begin in January 2022.

The SFAP information is live on the district website here:

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Internet Assistance please link this link to obtain information: Emergency Broadband

Link this link for the more information: FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Fact Sheet

May 12, 2021 is the sign up date

How to teach your child on how to make healthy Friendships

  • Using the STOP THINK THEN DO model. Your child can use this skill to handle teasing, aggression, social isolation and peer rejection. It links feelings to behavior and develops the idea of inserting thinking between feeling and reacting. It helps them with self-control and communication skills at STOP, problem-solving skills at Think and behavioral skills at Do.

  • Teach and Reteach rules for friendship. Children often need rules of friendship as recipes to follow. They soon discover that it's one thing to meet new people and successfully gain friends. Rules for making friends:

    • Be brave, walk up and introduce yourself

    • Say your name and look the person in the face

    • Smile

    • Ask the person about him or her self

    • Talk about things you have in common

    • Listen and do not interrupt

    • Be yourself, Avoid bragging or looking cool

    • Be Kind

  • Rules for keeping friends:

    • Just be nice to them. Care for their feelings.

    • Include them in what you are doing. Share

    • Talk and listen

    • Find out what they like and don't like

    • Sometimes do things together outside of school

  • Coach your child on how to say “I’m Sorry”. It is important for a child to understand that bad choices sometimes happen. It is important in a friendship to apologize and move on. Help your child to understand saying they are sorry is only part of it. The other part is changing their actions so they did not hurt their friend again.

  • Teach empathy, sympathy and compassion. Easy way to do this is by watching cartoons or shows. While watching, have the child recognize when the actor had empathy, sympathy or compassion. These are big words for your child but it is important for them to hear and understand what they mean.

Skills for Strong Emotions

  • Rip paper

  • Pop bubble wrap

  • Squish playdough

  • Wrap your arms around yourself and squeeze

  • Write a letter to someone

  • Jump on a trampoline

  • Do wall push-ups

  • Write down what’s bothering you and rip it up

  • Squeeze a stress ball

  • Talk about it

  • Scribble on paper and crumple it up

  • Do jumping jacks

  • Put the palms of your hands together, push and release

  • Do stretches

  • 10 deep breaths

  • Time out and breath

  • Vision your favorite place

  • Draw your favorite person or place

  • Run

  • Touch or rub something ruff

  • Write down your favorite song

  • Count to 100

  • Count backwards from 20

  • Name all the colors in the room

  • Count books in the classroom or room

Have your child process their behaviors:

A-Activating Event which caused the behavior or strong emotion

B-Behavior-how your child reacted

C-Consequences from their behavior

Once you discussed the A, B and C then ask them what they were thinking about during the activating event. Your child’s thought of the event causes strong emotion which controls their behavior. If you work with your child on their thoughts then it will help them control their emotions and behaviors.

2021 Idaho Mental Health Month: All TOGETHER NOW! Toolkit

Food Pantry

If you need food please contact the front office 208-733-4229 and let Mrs. Smith know you need assistance. Due to COVID-19 a box will be prepared and be held at the front office for pickup.

Twin Falls Food Pantries

Mind Yeti: Mind Yeti is a wonderful resource for relaxation and mindfulness to assist you and the student in homework breaks or even stressful life events. YouTube has several Mind Yeti videos to benefit from today.

Community Resources

Resources you will find in the link above


Counselors in Twin Falls

A Chance 4 Change 208-539-2226---459 Locust Street North #102, Twin Falls, Idaho

Mountain West Behavioral Health 208-370--8288--155 2nd Ave. North, Twin Falls, Idaho

Jamie Goffin LCSW-208-316-7103-- 493 Eastland Drive, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

Kathy McRill LCSW-208-280-0365--419 Shoup Ave. West, Twin Falls, Idaho

A+ Solutions Center-208-933-9555--1411 Falls Ave. E. #207 Twin Falls, Idaho

Valley Community Counseling-208-736-0695--419 Shoup Ave. West, Twin Falls, Idaho

Positive Connections Plus-208-737-9999-1373 Fillmore St. Twin Falls, Idaho

Crosspointe-208-736-7090--1363 Fillmore St. Twin Falls, Idaho

Alliance Family Services-208-737-0572--141 Morrison St. Twin Falls, Idaho

Family Health Services-208-734-1281---826 Eastland Dr. Twin Falls, Idaho

Pro-Active Behavioral Health-208-734-0407-- 264 Main St. Twin Falls, Idaho

Preferred Child and Family Children-208-733-7186 --284 Martin St. Twin Falls, Idaho

St. Luke's Behavioral Health-208-814-9100--414 Shoup St. Twin Falls, Idaho

Welcome to Youth Empowerment Services (YES)!

YES is a system of care for youth in Idaho under 18 who may benefit from mental health support. YES uses a youth and family-centered, team-based, and strengths focused approach for early identification, treatment planning, and implementation of mental health care.

Click this Link for further information.

Kelso's Choices Skills

for a copy of Kelso's Choices for your child at home.

Using the 7 Habits in the Home

Imagine a school morning where everyone knows what to do and is ready on time. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s possible! Organization is a skill learned over time. By teaching organization at home, your child will learn this very important skill. Use the first three habits as a framework for you and your child.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 1 is about initiative and responsibility. Help your child determine what he/she will need for the next day. In the beginning, writing a list may help. Have your child gather the non-perishable items and put them in his/her school bag.

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2 is about visualizing how you would like something to turn out before it happens. If a smooth morning is the goal, brainstorm with your child what it will look and feel like. Your child may actually have time to do something extra in the morning if he/she is organized and you will all have a happy start to the day.

Habit 3: Put First Things

Habit 3 means focusing on the task when there's something else you would rather be doing — the hardest part of all! Helping your child learn how to avoid distractions by reminding them that, if they stick to it, all the fun things can come right after—with no guilt or nagging!

Once children know these habits — and how to apply them — they can start tackling more difficult tasks independently. They will begin to feel self-confident and proud when they're able to complete homework, chores, and other tasks by themselves. They're also sure to be pleased when they find they have some extra free time to do what they'd like to do.

Remember, it may take time to teach your child these skills. Sometimes, it will seem simpler just to do it for them. But remember, your child won't learn how to be independent and successful if you always do it for them. Using Habits 1-3 is a life skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

Leadership Roles at Home

Leadership Roles at home

Families Leading with a Mission

Please click on this link to review additional resources and COVID-19 information

Lauren's Kids-A Guide to Hope & Healing

Click the link above for good resources

Counselor Contact Information

Phone: 208-733-4229 ext. 5106

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