Our Counseling Services
This includes group or classroom activities through which the National Standards for School Counseling Competencies are delivered or taught. Teachers and counselors collaborate to integrate activities and counseling into classroom lessons and into school-wide programs. Curriculum examples are:
Classroom Guidance Activities: Counselors facilitate, co-lead, or assist in the delivery of guidance curriculum activities. These activities may be conducted in the classroom or in other school facilities.
Group Activities: Counselors conduct small-group counseling sessions outside the classroom to respond to students’ identified interests or needs. Small-group counseling is viewed as a tiered intervention and is short-term.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development: Counselors assist teachers in the delivery of classroom units that lead to acquisition of competencies in the domains of affective, social, and emotional regulation skills for every student in developmentally appropriate ways.
Parent Workshops and Instruction: Counselors conduct workshops or information sessions for parents or guardians to address the needs of the school community and to reflect the school counseling curriculum.
Topics for school guidance curriculum activities within this component may include, but are not limited to:
- Emotional Regulation Skills
- Communication Skills
- Study Skills
- Peer Relationships
- Decision-Making Skills
- Social Skills
- Personal Safety
- Problem Solving
- Transitioning Skills
School counselors meet individually with students to analyze how their interests, abilities, and achievements interface with educational planning and academic achievement. Individual planning examples are:
Individual or Small-Group Appraisal: Counselors help students assess and interpret individual abilities, interests, skills, and achievements. Developmentally-appropriate assessment information becomes an important aspect of immediate and long-range plans and goals.
Individual or Small-Group Advisement: Counselors help students acquire self-appraisal skills and personal and social development skills. This information assists students in planning and goal setting.
Brief, confidential, individual and small group counseling, crisis intervention and special support groups and programs particular to student’s needs. Consultation with teachers, parents and agencies who can assist students and families is included in this role. Responsive Services examples are:
Consultation: School counselors serve as student advocates by consulting with students, parents or guardians, educators, and community agencies regarding strategies to help students and families. Advocacy may include participation in student study teams and student management teams.
Personal Counseling: Counseling is provided in small-group or individual settings for students experiencing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or developmentally appropriate tasks. Personal counseling is brief, and assists students in identifying problems, causes, alternatives, and consequences leading to informed decision making.
Crisis Counseling: Counseling and support services are provided to students and families facing emotional crises as outlined in the school crisis management plan. Crisis counseling is normally short-term and temporary, using appropriate referral sources if necessary.
Peer Facilitation: Counselors may train students as peer mediators, conflict managers, tutors, and mentors.
Referrals: Counselors use referral sources to enhance the services provided through the school. Some in-district support includes Kirkwood School District Social Workers and Educational Support Counselors.
This includes program coordination and outreach activities to promote partnerships within the community that support the development of students. Examples are school partnerships with outside agencies and parent organizations.
Program development, research and evaluation which demonstrate the impact of the counseling program on student outcomes. Counselors, as part of a team, appropriately assist in the school testing program. System support examples are:
Consultation, Collaboration, and Teaming: Counselors provide important contributions to the school system by consulting, partnering, collaborating, and teaming.
Community Outreach: Counselors forge partnerships with local businesses, industries, and social service agencies. Community outreach requires counselors to be knowledgeable about community resources, employment opportunities, and local labor market information.
Consultation with Staff: Counselors consult regularly with teachers and professional staff members in order to receive feedback on emerging needs of students and to provide information and support to staff.