• COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

    Thank you for visiting the Widewater Elementary Counseling Department.  

    Miss Good and Mrs. Song are the full time School Counselors at Widewater Elementary. We will teach classroom lessons in all classrooms and virtually.  Our primary focus is teaching children about character education and conflict resolution. We also have lessons about study skills, decision making, positive relationship skills, goal setting, career, and understanding self and others. Please ask your child what they have been learning about during our lessons. 


    If you need to speak with one of the counselors, please call or email to set up an appointment. We want to be sure to set aside the appropriate time and attention to address any matters. You can also log on to Google Meet- with the code provided- during our office hours. We work with students individually to address concerns as they arise during the school year. Parents are welcome to seek our assistance. We look forward to hearing from you and working with your students. Thank you!

    Three major components of the Counseling Program:

    Classroom Lessons:   Classroom lessons are taught approximately once a month in all classrooms. Lessons primarily emphasize the character education initiative in Stafford County. For example, we teach lessons about words of the month such as RESPONSIBILITY, HONESTY, RESPECT, and PERSEVERANCE.  Other classroom lessons may include topics such as bullying prevention, test taking skills, friendship, career awareness, and conflict resolution.                
      
    Small Group Counseling: Small group sessions are held once a week, during the school day, for approximately six weeks.  Various groups are offered throughout the year.  Topics may include anger management, confidence building, friendship, changing families, deployment, and others based upon needs in the school.  We will ask for parent permission for a student to join a group.  

    Individual Counseling:  Individual counseling is available for students experiencing a particular concern.  Counseling in the school is offered on a short-term basis, and primarily is designed to help children cope with specific issues. Parents and/or teachers may recommend a child for individual counseling.  Permission is required for children to receive counseling services on a regular basis.  However, children have self-referral slips if they wish to meet with a counselor occasionally during the school year.  As professional school counselors, we believe that children have the right to confidentiality.  However, we will always keep the best interests of the child first, and we use our best discretion when informing parents of information shared in counseling.  

     

    School Counseling Mission Statement

    It is the mission of the School Counseing Program at Widewater Elementary School to recognize and respect the unique qualities of each student and guide all students toward academic, personal/social, and career success. By colloborating with other edcuators, the families of students, and members of the community, using a comprehensive gudiance program, maintaining high expectations for all students, and addressing barriers to learning, we aim to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitude to become effective learners and productive members of their communitites.

     School Counseling Philosophy and Beliefs 

    • All students can be successful
    • All students' dignity and culture, including race, ethnicity, gender, abilities, disabilities, religion, home language, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation, should be respected and valued.
    • School counseling is an essential and intergral part of the overall education process.
    • All students will have access to a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program run by a Master's level, state certified professional school counselor.
    • The school counseling program, which is concerned with ALL students, has a goal of being colloborative, proactive, and responsive.
    • The school counselor will be accountable by using data to drive program development and evaluation.

    Counselor Ethics

    School counselors abide by the professional ethical standards of the Virginia/American School Counselor Association. School Counselors' relationships with others comply with all laws, policies, and ethical standards pertaining to confidentality. Information and records of personal and social counseling with students are kept confidential and seperate from a student's educational records and will not be disclosed to third parties without prior parent consent or as otherwise provided by law. 

     
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    Kelly Good - K, 2nd, & 4th

    Please email or call me if you would like to schedule an appointment.

    goodkj@staffordschools.net

    540-658-6380 

     

    Helenann Song - 1st, 3rd, & 5th

    Please email or call me if you would like to schedule an appointment.

    songhh@staffordschools.net

    540-658-6380