What is school counseling?
"School counselors are licensed educators with a minimum of a master's in school counseling, and are in the unique position of being able to support all students' academic, career, and social/emotional development.
This is accomplished by designing, evaluating, and implementing comprehensive programs at the individual, small group, and school-wide level."(American School Counselor Association, 2016)
School Counseling in DCSD
In November 2018, Douglas County voters passed 5A & 5B, two ballot measures that led to an increase in funding for the school district. Funds were, in part, put toward increasing mental health support for students district wide. This entailed decreasing school counselor ratios at middle and high schools, and creating counselor positions at elementary schools.
"Douglas County Elementary School Counselors create a comprehensive guidance program that is based on each schools individual needs. In collaboration with teachers, administrators, and parents we aim to help students improve learning and achieve academic success.
Areas of instruction utilize the American School Counseling Association National Model as well as research on evidence based practice. Areas of instruction may include: coping strategies, empathy
critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution, emotion management, and skills for learning."
(Douglas County School District, 2019)
School Counseling at the Elementary Level
"The elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to
become healthy, competent and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment.
By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, elementary school counselors help their students achieve academic success, develop an understanding of career opportunities and develop social/ emotional skills in response to issues they face. "
(American School Counseling Association, 2019)
I can't promise to fix all your problems,
but I can promise you won't
have to face them alone.