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Social Emotional Learning

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.

People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From effective problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

What is a School Counselor?

School Counselors are individuals who support and focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth.  The school counselor is a certified professional educator who assists students, teachers, families, and administrators.

What does a School Counselor do?

A School Counselor promotes educational success by supporting the development of academic skills, interpersonal skills, and self-understanding.  School counselors also educate students in decision making, problem solving, goal setting, self-esteem, and educational opportunities.

Services School Counselors Provide:

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is a personal and private interaction between a counselor and a student in which they work together on problems or topics of interest.  School Counselors establish trust and build a helping relationship during one or more sessions.  These face to face interactions with a counselor provide a student with the privacy in which to freely explore ideas, feelings and behaviors.  Counselors respect the privacy of information, however counselors are under obligation by law and ethical standards to report when a person's well being and welfare is in jeopardy. If you think your child would benefit from Individual Counseling, please complete a 'Parent Informed Consent for Counseling' permission slip and submit it to the counseling department.

Small Group Counseling

Group counseling involves a counselor working with two or more students.  Group discussion can be based on structured learning activities during which participants can share ideas, give and receive feedback, increase their awareness, gain new knowledge, learn positive behaviors, and practice skills.  These groups provide an opportunity for students to learn from each other.

Classroom Guidance

Classroom Guidance consists of organized objectives and activities that are facilitated by the School Counselor in the classroom.  Guidance curriculum gives attention to particular developmental issues and areas of concern voiced by students or in collaboration with teachers.