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