Elementary school counselors work closely with parents, teachers, school administrators and other professionals to provide students with the best possible resources and services.
- Individual Counseling- Is a process that enables a child to communicate his/her needs, explore feelings, understand self, and set goals toward becoming productive individuals. This process takes place in a safe, positive, and confidential setting. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. Group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
- Classroom Guidance Lessons- Are structured developmental experiences conducted in the classroom with all students. The K-4th grade classroom curriculum is driven by national and county school counseling outcomes. Lessons are organized to help students acquire, develop, and apply competencies within three domains-Academic, Career, and Personal/Social. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.
- Consultation and Collaboration- Is a process of sharing ideas and information with students, teachers, parent/guardians, administrators, and referral personnel to increase the overall effectiveness of all educational programs.