Counseling & Mental Health
WHAT does the school counselor do at Wiley Elementary?
Direct student services including:
- Facilitate school-wide programs like PBIS
- Weekly classroom SEL (social-emotional-learning) lessons: https://www.secondstep.org/elementary-school-curriculum
- Bullying classroom lessons: https://www.secondstep.org/bullying-prevention
- Small-group & 1:1 counseling
- Responsive service – Provide behavior support / de-escalation strategies as needed.
- Individual student planning – Assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills, goal setting based on academic & social-emotional data.
- Individual or small group counseling – short-term & solution/goal-focused counseling. *School Counselors do not provide therapy, however, we are trained to refer to outside agencies.
Indirect student services including:
- Student Assistance Team (SAT)- Provide consultation/share strategies supporting student achievement with teachers, other educators & parents.
- Designing behavior support plans in collaboration with teachers, students, & parents when needed.
- Guidance for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
- 504 Plan Coordinator – Facilitate the referral process for students who may require an accommodation plan for academic and/or behavioral success.
Tips for Parents
The American School Counselors Associations (ASCA) offers the following tips for making a connection with your child’s school counselor:
- Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns. As a parent, you know your child best. However, a school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help children navigate some of these issues.
- Learn about your child’s school and social connections. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance and dress, navigate the school calendar, and stay connected with the school in many other ways. School counselors also can help you locate resources in the community when you need them.
- Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it’s important to problem solve with his or her school counselor. You can discuss resources available both within and outside of the school and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.
If you would like to consult with me or seek help for your child and/or your family, you can do so by contacting me through the contact information at the top right of this page.