"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.)
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Components of our Conway Counseling Program
Classroom guidance is an integreal part of our counseling program. Your child will have guidance about once every three weeks. Mrs. Bergerud provides lessons for grades K, 2 and 4 and Mrs. Snow will provide guidance lessons for 1, 3 and 5. We follow the Stafford County Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Curriculum which is aligned with the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) guidelines. Lessons are geared to one of the three domains for classroom guidance : Academic Development, Career Development and Personal/Social Development. Please look for and ask about what your child has learned in their guidance lessons!
Group counseling is offered on a number of topics to students in first 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 (except opt out for New Students groups). All groups range from about 4-8 students. At the beginning of the year we offer two or three session groups for students new to Conway. Other groups throughout the year meet 4-6 weeks. Topics usually include but are not limited to:
- Deployment Groups
- Changing Families Groups
- Anger Management Groups
- Friendship Groups
- Self Esteem Groups
If a group is not being offered when a child is in need of a particular topic, individual counseling is an option.
Students may be seen by the counselor on an individual basis. They may self-refer by putting a referral slip into our mailbox. Teachers and/or administration may refer a student to see the counselor, and of course, parent can request that their child see a counselor. If the child is to work on a certain topic for a longer period of time (4-6 sessions), parent permission is required and a permission is required and a permission slip will be sent home.