"Educating the Emerging Generation"
What Does a School Counselor Do?
Works with individuals, students, and parents
Works with staff to assist students in the areas of personal/social, academic, and career development
Provides support through small group counseling, individual counseling, and classroom guidance
Provides crisis intervention
Works on developing leadership, problem solving, friendship, social skills, resiliency, support through family changes, teamwork, conflict resolution, and character education
Testing Coordinator and RTI Chair
504 Chair, Catherine McKechnie
How Do Students Get To See The Counselor?
Parent may request
Teacher or principal may send them
How Do Counselors Provide Support?
School counselors provide support in an effort to maximize student achievement and also, serve as an advocate for all children. Support may be provided to students in the following ways:
Classroom Guidance:?We will hold classroom guidance lessons with each homeroom, approximately twice per month. These lessons will align with each classroom's need, as well as placing an emphasis on Leadership development.
Small Group Counseling:?Small group counseling sessions may be offered to students throughout the school year, based on student need. This allows students to give and receive help from their peers who may be experiencing similar feelings or situations. These are a few examples of small group sessions that have been conducted in the past:
Changing Families- Divorce, step families, blended families, family loss/grief
Friendship Fun-How to get along with friends
Social Skills- How to interact with other students and adults
Anxiety/ Worry- Worries about school or friends
Group sessions will typically last 6 sessions, and are made based on teacher or parent referrals. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes long. Sessions will take place at an agreed upon time with the classroom teacher when minimal instruction is missed. Any child may participate in group sessions, with parent permission first. If you have any questions about group, please feel free to contact us!
Individual Counseling:??Individual counseling at the school level seeks to remove any impediments that may be getting in the way of a student being the best learner that they can be. It is conducted in a confidential setting and is meant to meet any immediate student needs or concerns. Individual counseling referrals for students can be made through the request of a student, parent, or teacher.
How Can I Make An Appointment?
Call Sixes Elementary at 770-721-5840 and ask for Ms. McKechnie.
Talk with a teacher about meeting with me
Nurse Susan Dyer
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