What Does an Elementary Counselor Do?
1). Classroom guidance lessons- Once a month every class attends a lesson that focuses on social-emotional learning. Each month of the school year is focused on a different topic. Here is the topic of the month schedule for the 2022-2023 year:
- September: Friendship
- October: Emotional Identification and Regulation
- November: Bullying Prevention
- December: Conflict Resolution
- January – Careers
- February – Kindness
- March – Self Esteem
- April - Power to Choose
- May – Conflict Resolution
2). Small group counseling (Lunch Bunch)- Lunch Bunch is a great way for students to work on common goals, while forming interpersonal connections with peers. During each session, we complete various activities, games, and discussions related to our group objectives. Lunch Bunch is always age- appropriate and play-based! Topics that may be discussed include making friends, developing social skills, managing behavior, problem solving, understanding anxiety, building self-esteem, and many more!
3). Individual counseling- Certain students may require individual counseling to better address their needs. Please contact me if you feel your child would benefit from one-on-one counseling sessions. Keep in mind that outside counseling services may be recommended depending on the problem.
4). Community Resources- I coordinate with school staff and community resources to assist students and their families.
5). Crisis intervention and prevention- I serve on the emergency response team and respond if a crisis should occur on school grounds.
6). Intervention & Referral Services- I am the leader of the I&RS Team. If a student is having difficulty performing to their best ability their teacher may come to the Intervention & Referral Services Team for assistance. The I&RS team is a group of professionals who brainstorm interventions that can address the student and teacher's concern.
7). 504 Plan Coordinator- I work with parents/guardians and teachers to support students who have medical diagnoses and who are in need of a 504 Accommodation Plan in school.