A school counselor is a type of helper in the school. The primary focus of a school counselor at the elementary level is prevention. The main objective is to help all students learn basic life skills and help your child have a successful school year. Often times, non-academic issues can get in the way of a student’s learning (especially during these early developmental years). Addressing these issues can help your child to succeed in school!
Some of the things counselors address with students, parents, and staff are:
Feelings, self esteem, behavior, death/loss, safety, friendship, homework, bullying, conflicts, listening and following directions, transitions, healthy behaviors, honesty, accepting others, separation/divorce, careers and much more!
School Counseling is a short term resource. If there are greater issues that need extensive attention, the School Counselor will be glad to assist you in finding an outside counselor to work with your child. The school counselor in turn can maintain contact with your student’s counselor or therapist to ensure that therapeutic goals are supported here in school.