How Does the Counselor Work with Students?
- Classroom Guidance: The counselor visits each classroom on a regular basis to present activities and information that helps students learn life skills. Some topics addressed in classroom guidance are decision making, conflict resolution, test taking skills, friendships, etc.
- Small Group Guidance and Counseling: The counselor works with small groups of children who have similar concerns. In small groups, children share ideas, provide support for each other and learn from each other. Small group participation is voluntary and confidentiality is stressed. Small groups may be developed to address family changes, grief and loss, friendship, study skills, etc.
Individual Counseling: At times, the counselor may talk with a student privately. The counselor is a support to the student as he/she verbalizes feelings and thinks through a particular concern or issue. Information shared with the counselor is confidential for the most part.
How Does a Student Get to Talk to the Counselor?
- Parents may ask/request for their child to speak with the counselor.
- A teacher or administrator may ask the counselor to talk to a child.
- The counselor may request a visit with a child.
- Any students may ask to speak with the counselor by telling his/her teacher or filling out a counselor pass.
What is Comer's Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program?
- A program available to all students, teachers and parents. A program based on the needs of our boys and girls. A program that is proactive/preventive in nature.
- A program based on the fact that children who feel good about themselves and have positive relationships will be happier and more successful in and out of school.
A program that encourages students to begin thinking and planning for a successful future.
How Does the School Counselor Work with Parents, Teachers and Other Personnel?
- The counselor talks and works with parents concerning their child's school progress, social/emotional concerns and behavior.
- Counselors share information and materials with parents and teachers that may be helpful to them as they work with children.
- Counselors are available for conferences and consultations with parents and teachers.