Individual counseling with students is based upon teacher, parent, administrator or self-referrals.
Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Confidentiality is essential in a counseling relationship. However, confidentiality cannot be maintained if one intends to harm oneself or someone else and in cases of abuse. In cases of neglect and/or abuse proper authorities will be notified.
School counselors consult with teachers, parents, students, and administrators in order to determine student needs. This service is provided through, but not limited to team meetings with teachers, conferences with parents, and contacts with outside service agencies.
How can students contact their counselor?
Students may request to see their counselor by completing a slip that is located in the guidance classroom. The counselor assigned to that class will then schedule an appointment to meet with the student. If a student has an emergency or an urgent need to see a counselor, the student or the classroom teacher will contact the counselor immediately. Parents can also call the school office (731-658-3981) to have the school counselor meet with their child. The school counselors can also be reached by email. Please visit the school Meet the Counselors for counselors’ contact information.
Small groups of children are typically 4-5 students of the same grade level. These children are chosen to be part of a group depending on the topic. Administrative staff, counselors, teachers, and/ or parents may refer students for group counseling. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Groups may meet over the lunch/recess hour, once a week, for a period of 4-6 weeks, this is so that students will not miss any instructional time during our meetings. Parents will be informed when their child is being asked to participate in a group via a parent permission letter and/or a phone call from the counselor.
Confidentiality is stressed at the first meeting.