What is a school counselor?
School counselors are helpers. They help students in areas of academics, social skills, and emotions. They work with parents and teachers in guiding students to do their very best and make good choices in and out of school.
How do I work with students?
Counselors meet with students individually or in small groups to work on feelings, behaviors, and academic issues. We talk, draw, write, read, and play as a part of working out problems and developing good habits. While we can not do “therapy” at the school level, we can provide excellent referrals for counseling agencies in the community. Classroom lessons are another big way that counselors help students develop skills in citizenship, problem-solving, and working well with others.
How does my student see the counselor?
Counselors take referrals through parent/guardian(s) and teachers. Students can also see me by leaving a note in my mailbox outside my office. All information is confidential unless it is a matter of safety.
The Union Academy counseling and guidance program plays a key role in promoting students’ emotional, social, moral and academic development. School Counselors strive to respond to the “needs of the individual child” by providing the following services:
Individual Student Support: Counselors provide individual counseling services to students who demonstrate concerns with: relationships, academics, stress, family issues etc. on an individual/ as needed basis.
Counseling Groups: Counseling intervention may be provided in small groups for students who have similar concerns such as: divorce, school adjustment, friendships, grief, anger, motivation, study skills, etc.
Consultation: Consultation is available to teachers and parents when student issues arise. School Counselors can assist with behavior plans, classroom strategies, accommodations, outside counseling referrals, etc.
Career Development: UA school counselor’s work to: provide opportunities for students to explore and evaluate potential job paths; provide opportunities for students to evaluate and determine their own talents, strengths, and weaknesses.
Advisory: At the middle and high school level, counselors develop character education and guidance curriculum to be implemented during montly advisory groups in which every upper school student participates.
Section 504 Accommodation Plans: School counselors are in charge of all student Section 504 Plans for students requiring accommodations.