What does an elementary school counselor do?
Helps ALL children
Teaches classroom guidance lessons dealing with understanding of self and others, communication skills, decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, and career exploration
Works with children individually and in small groups
Consults with parents and teachers
Assists with crisis intervention
Coordinates Conflict Manager Program
This year we will be using the Kelso’s Choice Program
How does a student get to see the counselor?
the student may ask to go to the counselor’s office or fill out a special kid’s referral form
the teacher or principal can send him or her
Mom, Dad or another care provider can request counseling services
What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?
feelings about him/herself
difficulty in making or getting along with friends
a family problem
a school problem
a fear or worry
a physical concern
the need for a little tender loving care
What might a student do in the counselor’s office?
talk about things that are important to children
use puppets to help express feelings and problems
talk about feelings
work on a plan to reach a goal
read stories that help students learn and understand more about themselves
go to a safe place to calm down when feeling upset
play games to learn ways to relate to others
In any counseling situation, confidentiality is maintained except:
In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
If a child poses a danger to self or others.
The child and/or parent/guardian give permission to share information.
Kendria Poydras, Counselor