Guidance

 

Valerie Smith, School Counselor, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC

 

 Ph. (225) 665-8198

 

 

What does the School Counselor do? 

 

 

  • INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING - to  help students talk about and deal with issues that interfere with school learning (short-term basis only)

 

 

 

  • SMALL GROUP COUNSELING –to help students interact and express themselves with peers that share similar concerns

 

 

 

  • CHARACTER EDUCATION & GUIDANCE LESSONS – to educate students on various topics related to socializing, getting along with others, and school success

 

 

 

  • CRISIS COUNSELING – to assist in the event of emergencies (death, fire, poverty, etc.)

 

 

 

  • ASSISTS teachers, parents and administrators in identifying and helping students with academic and

 

       behavioral problems

 

 

 

  • REFERS students and families to other outside counseling or community agencies as needed

 

 

 

  • HOSTS Parent workshops on various topics such as helping children with homework, study-skills etc.

 

 

 

  • ADVOCATES for student rights in cases of abuse or truancy

 

 

How can a student be referred to the counselor?

 

  • SELF-REFERRAL

      *A student will need parent permission upon second visit.

 

  • PARENTS may refer their child.
  • TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS may refer students.
  • A COUNSELOR may invite a student.

 

*No student will be turned away unless he/she is already receiving private counseling or parents refuse services.

 

 

 

Classroom Guidance Program 

“Promoting Personal growth”

 

Each month the counselor visits each classroom and presents guidance lessons and activities.  Topics include:

 

Anti bullying

Empathy for others

Conflict resolution

Making and Keeping Friends

Personal Safety

Study Skills

Testing Tips

Manners

Sportsmanship

Listening

Career Awareness

Self Esteem

During these lessons students will learn rules for daily living.