Reaching Out to Every Child:
The 4 C's of School Counseling
Classroom lessons are an integral part of the Elementary and Primary Counseling program. They focus on personal and social development, assisting students to build positive character traits and the skills to achieve in school. In addition, they provide the school counselor with the opportunity to build rapport with the entire school population and to interact proactively with students during their regular school day.
When referred by a parent, teacher, or because of their own initiative, students meet one-to-one with the school counselor. Within this setting, they may set goals for themselves, consider choices and consequences, and learn to manage the emotions which accompany challenges in life.
Counselors also work with students in a small group setting to assist in adjusting to school, coping with family changes, and developing social skills.
Counselors also support the success of students by consulting with teachers to help them create classroom environments which enhance the total development of the child. Parents, too, frequently reach out to the counselor when they need help in connecting with school personnel or to support the counseling efforts their child may need. The counselor may also assist parents in working with various educational specialists in the district when any student is experiencing problems which impede learning and growth.
An important part of the school counselor's job is to work cooperatively with administrators, teachers, parents, and community agencies, helping all of these people come together to serve the needs of our students most effectively. Counselors can often identify programs which may be needed, assist in their development, or oversee the creation of special efforts which help the student succeed.