Individual counseling is goal-focused and short-term in nature. The individual counseling process helps students identify problems, causes, alternatives, and possible consequences so that they can make decisions and take appropriate actions. As School Counselors we do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in the school setting. Mental health counseling and providing counseling for students who have experienced traumatic events are outside the scope of school counseling. If you are in need of a local area list of behavioral and mental health providers, please see the "Helpful Handouts" section of my website.
Our Counselors visit each classroom at least Monthly. Classroom lessons address the South Carolina Guidance and Counseling State Standards and the American School Counselor Association’s Mindset and Behavior Standards. These lessons enhance growth and development in the following 3 domains: Academic, Social/Emotional, and Career. We will also address personal safety as required by South Carolina State Law (Erin’s Law) during classroom lessons. Whenever possible, we plan to utilize evidence-based curriculum to guide our teaching. We also create lessons based on classroom needs and often utilize children's literature in lessons. Classroom lessons allow us to deliver the required standards set forth by the SC State Department of Education. They also allow us to build rapport with all students so they will have an established relationship with us should they need our support individually in the future.
We provide small groups to help students overcome issues impeding achievement or school success. Group topics offered are based on data (achievement, behavior, attendance, etc) and student needs.
Small Group topics may include the following:
*School Success Skills*
*Grief & Loss*
Small group sizes range from 4-6 students per group and tend to run 6-8 weeks in length. Small group meeting times are determined based on teacher recommendation to ensure that participants do not miss core academic work. Your child may be referred for a small group by a teacher/staff member, parent, or by self-referral. If your child is referred for a small group then a permission slip will be sent home. If you believe your child would benefit from participating in a small group, please contact your child's counselor to discuss possibilities.
Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Data Inspired * Student Centered * Solution Focused