Available counseling services
Classroom Guidance Lessons (Second Step)
Each classroom receives one half-hour guidance lesson each week for the entire school year. Topics vary by grade level, but the overall themes are skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Please visit your child’s grade level under the Second Step tab for more detailed information.
Individual counseling sessions are initiated by referral from teachers, parents, staff, or administrators. They are a means to provide support and skill-building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues. Services are provided during the school day, once a week for approximately 30 minutes, free of charge, and voluntary. Sessions are conducted for 8-10 weeks. Topics may include expressing feelings, self-esteem, problem-solving, communication skills, or making choices. Sessions and topics are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student.
Small Group Counseling
Counselors organize and lead small group counseling sessions based on building resilience and providing support for students experiencing similar problems. Students can be recommended for small group counseling by administrators, teachers, or parents. Small group counseling sessions will be conducted weekly for 8-10 weeks and are based on student needs and schedules. Small groups can consist of 2 to 6 students. Topics and themes are chosen to meet the specific needs of the participating students.
Counseling Crisis Situations
When a crisis occurs that impacts students or staff, counselors will provide classroom support or individual counseling, as needed.
Dear Families: We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills. The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas: 1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork. 2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion. 3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. 4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. Your child will be learning a lot this year – and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, Home Links will be available on our website about the unit we are learning about in the classroom. They are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows. If you have any questions about the Second Step program, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life. Sincerely, Heather Luis-Martinez Elementary Guidance Paraprofessional
Click on the following titles for more information:
- Empathy and Respect
- Listening with Attention
- Being Assertive
- Respecting Similarities and Differences
- Understanding Complex Feelings
- Understanding Different Perspectives
- Conversation and Compliments
- Joining in
- Showing Compassion