Counseling

COUNSELING

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Mission Statement

The mission of Bill Arp Elementary School Counseling Program is to support our students, administrative team, teachers, parents, andstakeholders byensuring all students have the necessary tools for achievement and growth in academics, career exploration, and personal/social development.

Counseling

Vision Statement

The vision of the Bill Arp Elementary School Counseling Program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program that addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students. Through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration, school counselors are professional student advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

A comprehensive school counseling program:

  • serves all students
  • includes large and small group counseling
  • incorporates individual counseling
  • works with all stakeholders: parents, teachers and community
  • A school counselor is an educator who:

  • provides individual and small group counseling
  • works with teachers and parents to provide helpful suggestions and support for children's needs
  • provides classroom guidance for every class
  • helps in identifying academic and social/emotional needs of children
  • helps children understand themselves and others
  • provides information about community resources that would benefit children and families
  • makes referrals to outsides agencies
  • provides parents with resources and information
  • advocates for the student at school
  • How does a student get to see the counselor?

  • the student may ask to go to the Counselor's office or put a note in Counselor's mailbox
  • the teacher or principal can refer the student
  • mom, dad or another care provider can request counseling services
  • a school friend may invite him or her for a problem solving visit
  • What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?

  • feelings about him/herself
  • difficulty in making or getting along with friends
  • a family or school problem
  • a worry
  • a need for a little tender loving care
  • What might a student do in the counselor's office?

  • talk about things that are important to children
  • talk about feelings
  • work on a plan to reach a goal
  • read stories that help students learn to understand more about themselves
  • go to a safe place to calm down when feeling upset
  • character education

Mrs. Jessica Fortier

Professional School Counselor

Jessica.fortier@dcssga.org

770-651-3288

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