Services & Programs
School Counseling at Sylvan Elementary
Role of the School Counselor
The job of a school counselor is to support students and encourage healthy development by delivering basic services to a broad range of students. Please note that while we have background knowledge in mental health principles, there are times when student needs fall out of our scope of practice. It then becomes our role to help identify primary areas of concern and refer students to community resources, which may include clinical counselors or clinical psychologists. We will work with you, as a parent or guardian, to help determine the best course of action for your child.
The purpose of individual counseling is to assist students with concerns that might interfere with learning and school performance. Possible discussion topics include:
Academic support including organizational, study, and test-taking skills.
Communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
Grief and loss support.
Social skills training.
Anxiety and social phobias.
Small Group Counseling
In small group counseling, children who share common needs or concerns meet together with the school counselor to talk, share, role-play, and improve coping skills. Possible topics include:
Social Skills Training
Organizational & Study Skills
Anxiety & School Phobias
Emotion Management & Calming Strategies
Problem-Solving & Assertiveness
Second Step is a research-based curriculum that promotes social emotional growth in children. It teaches empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Second Step lessons are taught by the school counselor in the classroom on a weekly basis.
In addition to Second Step, students also receive lessons on:
Any other current developmental issues that may arise
Other Direct Services
As a school counselor, my job is to ensure that students are feeling comfortable and safe at school. Some other services include:
Welcoming and transitioning new students to school.
Partnering and communicating with parents and guardians.
Referring families to outside resources.
Anything else you might need!