The Role of the School Counselor
As a School Counselor, our focus is on academic, social/emotional, and career development with the students. Our main goal is to help students be successful in the classroom as well as out in the community. We believe this can be achieved by recognizing the strengths in every student as an individual.
Fifth and Sixth grade is a critical time in a student's development. It is a bridge between elementary school and middle school. Students are beginning to change the way they see and interact in their world. Their cognitive and emotional intelligence is expanding exponentially. However, this can be a difficult time for many. It is a time when students strive to find acceptance among their peers. Students may also begin to notice changes physically and psychologically.
There are different counseling options that we employ to help students. These will include Individual Counseling and Group Counseling. We see students for individual counseling sessions. There are many reasons we may see a student individually. These reasons include a referral by a teacher, administrator, parent, or the student. Individual Counseling will focus on the pertinent issue that the student is facing as well as goals for counseling.
Students may see the counselor for Individual or Group Counseling as mandated by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan. Again, students will be referred for Group Counseling in the same manner that they are referred for Individual Counseling. Topics for the groups will be determined by the needs of the students. Groups often focus on bullying, anger management, divorce, grief, and so on.
As a counselor, it is imperative that information shared in the counseling sessions is kept confidential. However, there are a few instances where this confidentiality may be breached. These include: 1) suspected child or elderly abuse or neglect 2) harm that may be caused to the child or others 3) if I am summoned to court