Counselors have specific curriculum guidelines to follow . Please see the ASCA site for more details. http://www.ascanationalmodel.org/
    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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