Elementary School School Counseling
The elementary years are the time when students begin developing their confidence, feelings of competence and self concepts as learners. In Elementary School, counselors work with teachers, administration, and parents to help students learn and succeed by providing individual counseling to students, consultation to families and classroom support to teachers.
Counselors provide leadership and support for the character education programs through the Second Step program. The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:
Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
Emotional Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
Problem Solving: Students learn the process for solving problems with others in a positive way.