What will counseling for your child involve?
    Counseling may include small group or individual sessions. During the sessions your child and I will work together to help him or her understand the problem, the present and future consequences, develop goals for change, and an plan of action for change. A variety of activities will be used. ie. writing, role-play, art, focused discussions.
    What is confidentiality?
    Trust and confidentiality work together. Counseling records do not become a part of the student's permanent record except as required by school policy. We may indicate that a student was seen by the Professional School Counselor; however the topics discussed are not included unless required by the school board policy. The requirements of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) are enforced--information will not be released to anyone outside our school without your written permission. I may talk with the classroom teacher about how he or she can help your child in the classroom; however, specific information will not be shared.


    What will counseling help your child achieve?


    Through counseling, your child may be taught strategies to help him or her make more effective and healthier decisions, increase the ability to set and reach goals, build better relationships with others, and be more successful in school. We all must realize that changes take time; his or her problem did not develop overnight, nor will it disappear overnight. Counseling will be successful when students, school counselors, teachers, and family members work as partners. 


    How can you refer your child?


    Contact your child's counselor by phone or email.  You may also fill out a small group counseling form.  If a teacher or counselor sees that your child may benefit from counseling, they may also refer your child to receive services.