School Counselor's Role Marjorie Sutton, School Counselor RH Dana Elementary Some people wonder… What do school counselors DO? School Counseling Programs Are About RESULTS! How are students different as a result of the school counseling program? General Goals of the School Counseling Program Support the school’s academic mission Ensure equity and access for every student Provide personal/social support for students, family, and staff School Counselors Affect Change In Students: AQUIRE IMPROVE Knowledge Attendance Skills Behavior Academic Achievement Attitude Research shows that school counselors are effective in: Improving academic achievement Decreasing inappropriate behaviors Preventing school violence Reducing bullying Classroom disturbances Increasing productive on-task behaviors Preventing student suicides Preventing students from dropping out More research shows they are… Enhancing students’ career development Teaching conflict management Having better relationships with teachers Increasing positive attitudes toward school Believing education is important to their future CUSD Elementary Counselors 3-year Grant, 5 counselors Specific Requirements 50 identified (indiv, group, goals) Life Skills (classroom guidance) Parent education Crisis intervention Meet w/parents Continuing Education Goals Reduce student/counselor ratio Reduce # of discipline referrals & suspensions Increase attendance Increase scores on state/district tests ASCA National Model ASCA National Model How School Counselors Spend their Time Individual Counseling Group Counseling Consulting & Collaborating w/Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Students, other Counselors Build Relationships Crisis Situations Conflict Mediation Classroom guidance Parent Education Referrals Maintain Confidentiality Confidentiality! Confidentiality! Confidentiality! So how do I send a student to the counselor? ELEMENTARY COUNSELING REFERRAL FORM (Confidential information) Date: _______________ Student’s name: __________________________________ Grade: __________ Teacher’s name: __________________________________ Have you had a discussion with the student’s parent(s) regarding this referral? ____ Yes ____ No If yes, what was their reaction/comment? _____________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Student’s Present Functioning (as you perceive it) ____ Above ____ Below ____ Average Attention span ______________________________ Self-image _________________________________ Attitude toward authority _____________________ Peer relationships ___________________________ Group work ________________________________ Completes assignments _______________________ Follows rules _______________________________ Please check (if appropriate) ____ Aggressive ____ Personable ____ Engaging ____ Assertive ____ Shy ____ Ambitious ____ Noncompliant ____ Independent ____ Impulsive ____ Social ____ Depressed ____ Preoccupied ____ Confident ____ Avoidant ____ Friendly ____ Motivated ____ Withdrawn____ Distractible ____ Argumentative ____ Other_____________ Special skills, talents, competencies, interests the student has: ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Reason for referral (based on your observations): ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ What interventions have you tried? ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ I provide safe environment to ALL students to allow them to reach their full potential (personally & academically) Seeing the counselor should NEVER be a negative experience/punishment Your relationship with your students is very strong…USE THAT!