Why Elementary School Counselors?
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success.
Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Meeting the Challenge
Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors don’t work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve school success. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. ASCA’s National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains are the foundation for this work. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2002), with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor who is uniquely trained to implement this program.
The mission of the school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. I have found that building and maintaining strong, trusting relationship with students, families, staff, and the community is essential to addressing the needs of a diverse group of learners. I support students individually and in small groups while maintaining a nurturing and safe environment through patience, flexibility, and constant support. Through a positive and proactive approach, students are able to thrive at school and build a strong academic foundation that will help them evolve into well-rounded students and individuals.
Hopkinton Youth and Family Services provides numerous services and supports, including counseling, consultation, and referral help, to families in need of services. Please visit the following website for more information: http://www.hopkintonma.gov/home/government/departments/youth OR contact ..., Director of Youth and Family Services at 508-497-9781.
In order to work with the children in the school, you must complete and return a CORI form. If you think you'll be volunteering sometime this year, please fill one out as soon as possible. Even if you've already filled out a CORI form for a different position in Hopkinton (i.e. coaching) or for a different school district, you still need to fill out a CORI form for the Hopkinton school system.
The Responsive Classroom program is used in many of our classrooms at Elmwood. Please visit the link below for more information about this program.