THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT ROBERT MOTON
Sevices are delivered by a trained, certifed, caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and community, in order to help each student achieve academic and social success. These services involve one of the following "3 C's" .
The 3 C's of Counseling
1. Consultation and Collaboration – The School Counselor consults and collaborates with teachers and school staff, specialists, and outside resources in order to support students. The counselor regularly meets and talks with parents. If you have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact the Mrs. Peters. She can also refer families to outside resources.
2. Coordination – The School Counselor works with teachers, staff, and parents to assess student need in order to create and implement the most effective service program. The program is evaluated for success throughout the school year.
3. Counseling – The Counselor provides counseling services to students in the following ways:
- Individual Counseling , is a process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting, for a limited time. Longer-term therapy, not available at school, may require a referral to an outside agency or individual therapist. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Small Group Counseling, is a process where students, by sharing similar issues and concerns, work together to achieve their goals in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills and organization, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
- Classroom Guidance is a process that includes teaching developmental skills using age-appropriate, classroom-based lessons. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying/cyber-bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.
Strategies and techniques used to deliver these counseling services to students include reading books and stories, puppets, drawing activities, dialogue, role play, art activities, games, music, and more as appropriate.
Parents, teachers, school staff, and students (anyone concerned with the welfare of children) may refer a student to the school counselor.
At times the counselor may serve on a committee or act as a resource or coordinator for full-school programs in the areas of behavior management , character education, multicultural education, parenting programs and more.
Additional School Counselor Roles
- 504 Coordinator
- Homeless Student Liaison
- PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Committee member
- Student Service Support Team member
- School Improvement Team member
- Title 1 After School and Summer School Coordinator