Collegiate American School is committed to engaging and supporting all students in learning. This is shown by the counselor's efforts to create a learning environment that promotes student autonomy, interaction, competence and choice. A school counselor is aware of the diverse needs of elementary students and uses all possible resources to meet this diversity including making reasonable accommodations for individual cognitive, physical, emotional and social needs. As an educator, the school counselor views that every student can learn.
The role of an elementary school counselor consists of many different daily activities. My job is to work closely with teachers, school administrators and other professionals to provide students with the best possible resources and services. I counsel, I am a helper, a listener, and a friend.
In the future, I will begin to coordinate community and business resources to support school-wide guidance related activities. Classroom guidance lessons focus on character education, peer relationships, social skills, decision making, care for self and others, problem solving and an understanding for self and others.
School Counselor's Goals:
- To help students understand themselves and others and their role on the family, neighborhood, and school.
- To prevent problems from developing through preventive counseling programs that stress early detection concerning learning and social adjustment problems.
- To help children with special needs.
- To provide crisis intervention when disputes with peers or teachers, personal problems, family difficulties or other situations make a child unhappy.
- To coordinate or facilitate efforts of others (social workers, psychologists, community agencies, etc.) with those of parents, teachers and administrators.
When working with a child or a parent, counselors are people
Duties of the Elementary Counselor
- Who really care
- Who listen
- Who don't judge or find fault
- Who see the whole child
- Who respect differences
- Who cherish diversity
- Who believes in confidentiality expect in cases where it must be broken when a child threatens to hurt himself or others or when he tells that he has been hurt or abused
- Who help children deal with
- Academic concerns
- Physical /sexual/emotional abuse
- Grief, divorce/dying/loss
- Family issues
- Behavior adjustment
- Anger/conflict management
- Individual or small group
- Crises counseling
- Special Education (IEP)
- Conference with administration, teachers, and parents
Creating a Successful School Year
- Complete counseling assessments for special education students and regular education students
- Help make a school a successful experience for all children.
- Help develop appropriate behavior patterns for dealing with classroom activities and relationships with peers and teachers.
- Encourage new interests to help students develop into confident individuals
- Include parents in their children's education.
Aliage M. Walters