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How Counselors Help

The primary focus of school counseling and guidance programs at the elementary level is prevention. Our goal is to help students develop more positive interpersonal and intrapersonal skills... assisting them in becoming happier, more effective individuals and learners. Our school counseling and guidance program is for every student at Moses. Therefore, our services are designed to reach every student through developmental, preventative education, and responsive services.

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Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.

Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.

Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach
skills such as healthy decision making, resolving conflicts and respecting others.

Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.

Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.

Helping students to recognize and make the most of their abilities.

Counseling with students individually and in groups.

Providing support during personal crisis.

Orienting new students.

Classroom Guidance

I teach a series of classroom guidance lessons to every student at Moses. These lessons are developmentally appropriate for each grade level, and are generally preventative in nature. My goal is to help empower students with the self-knowledge, coping, and life skills that will enable them to become self-directed learners, clear and effective communicators, collaborative workers, creative problem solvers, and involved, responsible citizens... now, and in the future.

Small Group Counseling

I offer small groups for students throughout the school year. Small groups are needs-based and usually meet weekly in my room for about 6-8 thirty-minute sessions. We primarily offer New Student Groups, Friendship Groups, Family Change Groups, Self-control Groups and Conflict Management Groups, since the need is usually greatest in those areas. However, we do offer groups based on other topics as well, depending on student need. Small student groups are a wonderful way for your child to meet new friends, to gain more self-confidence, and to develop more positive coping skills in a safe and fun setting.
If you would like your child to participate in a group please feel free to contact me at 323-4180.

Individual Counseling

I work with students individually for a number of problems a student might present, such as friendship issues, difficulty in the classroom, on the playground, conflict resolution, new student orientation, difficulty coming to school and anger management, to name a few. Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers or other school staff (i.e., specialist, principal), by parents, or through student self-referrals. Individual counseling at the elementary level is usually limited and in some cases the student may be referred for more long term counseling.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child that you would like to discuss, please feel free to call me at 323-4180.

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