Mrs. Dawne Gibson
                                                       342-2644 ext. 3
Counselors have specific curriculum guidelines to follow . Please see the ASCA site for more details.
What do elementary school counselors do?
  • School counselors serve all the students at a school and help them be their best
  •  Facilitating classroom "Life Skills"  lessons aligned with state standards in each classroom
  • Organizing school-wide service projects and special events  as applications of our character education program
  • Consulting with parents, teachers, and administrators
  • Providing materials to teachers and parents on topics related to the guidance and counseling standards when needed
  • Connecting families with school and community resources
  • Talking with students who have a problem they'd like help solving or have something on their mind they'd like to talk about
  • Visiting with students who could use care and support from an extra adult
  • Counseling students in small groups built around shared needs like divorce/changing families, grief, anger management, etc.
  • Counseling students individually
  • Teaching social skills and coping skills

What topics are part of the elementary school guidance and counseling standards?

  • Emotional awareness and coping skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Friendship/social skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Goal-setting
  • Decision-making
  • Character education (respect, responsibility, kindness, trustworthiness, etc.)
  • Personal safety
  • Behavior, choices and consequences, & responsibility 
  • Career awareness and preparedness
  • Academic skills and achievement
  • Appreciating individual differences

What do we do in group and individual counseling?

  • Draw pictures, play games, play with puppets or toys, work on projects
  • Talk about little things, big things, or anything in between
  • Build a positive relationship and connection at school
  • Develop problem-solving abilities
  • Teach coping strategies, social skills, study skills, etc.
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Help children cope with difficult and/or unchangeable life events
  • Help children recognize and make use of their potential
  • Give children a neutral, open place to share their concerns and feelings
  • Give children the opportunity to connect with other students having similar experiences
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