SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM
The School Counseling program is an integral part of the total educational program and is designed to meet the needs of all students. The goal of the School Counseling program is to help students, parents, and teachers develop positive learning experiences through: 1) Academic Counseling, 2) Career Counseling, and 3) Personal / Social Counseling. These are directed by The Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools and accomplished through the following activities:
Counseling is developmental and is designed to help students develop an understanding of themselves or others, define goals, and resolve conflict. I DO NOT do psychotherapy or other techniques used in a clinical setting or any that focus on mental illness. Students may self-refer by leaving a note in my mailbox or using the online form. Parents or teachers may also request that I see a child to discuss a particular concern. I see students individually anywhere from one time to several weeks, depending on the topic. I do not see a student more than three times on one issue without contacting parents.
Sometimes students who share a common concern find it helpful to meet together to share ideas and support. Possible group topics are Classroom Issues, Emotional Regulation, Family Change, Friendship, Goal Setting, Grief, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Problem Solving, and Social Skills. I do not place students in groups without notifying parents.
Each class receives Core Curriculum lessons for 30 minutes every other week. Core activities are designed to help students succeed and get along in the classroom. Core lessons are intended for all students and do not require students to reveal any personal information
Parents may review materials to be used in any School Counseling program by contacting me. It is the policy of the Albemarle County School Board with respect to personal/social counseling that parents must notify the School Division in writing if the student is not to participate in any such counseling program. I invite parents to contact me with concerns or questions at any time.