"The professional school counselor is a certified/licesed educator trained in school counseling with unique qualifications and skills to address all students' academic, personal/social and career development needs. Professional school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement." (ASCA, The Role of the Professional School Counselor.)
My name is Sara Kucharski and I am so excited to be returning as Hartwood's School Counselor for the fifth year!
This year we are excited to welcome Nicole Spangler as our part-time School Counselor on Mondays!
The Hartwood school counseling program strives to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and career counseling services. We believe that all students can achieve success.
The components of the Hartwood Counseling Program include:
Your child will have lessons provided by the school counselor, Mrs. Kucharski, every other week throughout the school year. These lessons are an integral part of the counseling program as they introduce skills to students and provide them with an opportunity to work on them. Lessons are geared to one of the three domains for classroom guidance: Academic Development, Career Development and Personal/Social Development. Ask your child what they learned about during their guidance lessons!
Group counseling is offered on a number of topics to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Letters about the group(s) we offer are sent home for parent permission. Parent permission is always required to be in a counseling group and students may not participate without permission. All groups range from about 4-8 students and last between 4-8 weeks. Groups typically meet once per week during lunch time so as not to disrupt academics.
Topics usually include but are not limited to:
- Deployment Groups
- Self-Regulation Groups
- Anger Management Groups
- Friendship Groups
- Self Esteem Groups
- Social Skills Groups
- Anxiety Groups
- Kindness Groups
If a group is not being offered when a child is in need of a particular topic, individual counseling may be an option.
Students may be seen on an individual basis. There are a number of ways a student may meet with the counselor, including: self-referral (putting a slip into my mailbox asking to see me), referral by a teacher and/or administrator, and parent request. Parent permission is required for any student working with the counselor over a long period of time; however, all individual counseling provided by the school counselor is intended to be short-term. Parent permission must be filled out and returned.
The counselor often consults with parents, teachers, other staff members, and outside resources to provide academic, personal, and social support for our students. The counselor can provide outside community resources to provide additional support to students and families.
Coordination of Programs:
The counselors help coordinate a number of school-wide programs and activities, including Parent-Counselor Workshops, Career Fairs, Best Buds, Blessings in a Backpack, Holiday Assistance and Girl Smarts.