Mrs. Osburn's Counseling Corner

Cahaba Elementary School

About Your Counselor

My name is Rachel Osburn and I am excited to be your child’s counselor this year. I currently hold two college degrees that have well-prepared me for my current position as school counselor. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master's degree in Elementary Education in Counseling from the University of Montevallo. I have a great passion for students and have served as the Kindergarten, 1st grade, and at one point, 2nd grade school counselor at Paine Primary since 2011. I recently got married (your current students may have known me as Miss Cox) and we are hoping to start a family in the near future. For now, we enjoy loving our fur babies which include 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a fair amount of chickens! I am excited about our work together and am looking forward to a great school year at Cahaba Elementary!

What Does a School Counselor Do?

Comprehensive School Counseling

Whole Group Guidance Lesson

One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching children. I have the privilege of teaching each class every month. My lessons focus on helping our students acquire skills in three separate domains - academic development, career development, and personal/social development. My lessons during the months of August and September will focus on introducing the students to my job as the school counselor as well as lessons on responsibility and conflict resolution.

Small Groups

Throughout the school year, I will be conducting small groups on a variety of topics such as dealing with anger, school success, behavior/self-control, divorce, grief, and self-esteem. With parent permission, these groups meet weekly for 6-8 sessions. During this time, students have discussions and participate in a variety of activities to develop the skills and strategies needed to help them become more successful personally, socially, and academically. Groups offered vary as it depends on the needs of the students. Teachers and parents may recommend students for these small groups. In addition, students can choose to participate in a Lunch Bunch when available. During a Lunch Bunch, groups of students eat lunch with the counselor and talk about things relevant to their lives including broad topics such as friendship, homework, conflict resolution, concerns they have about school, etc. These groups are more informal and do not require parent permission. If you feel that your child would benefit from participating in a small counseling group, please contact me to discuss your concerns.

One-on-One Guidance Sessions

– I am available throughout the school day to meet with students on a one-on-one basis and discuss any concerns they may have. Students may schedule an appointment with me by completing an Appointment Request Form or by asking their teacher to visit me. These forms can be obtained from their classroom teacher or from the basket outside my office. Parents may also contact me and request that I meet with their child using the contact information provided below.

P.A.C.E. Traits

P.A.C.E. stands for Positive Attitudes Change Everything and is our system-wide character education/anti-bullying framework. Cahaba Elementary School proudly participates in P.A.C.E. by learning about a positive character skill each month. Students hear daily announcements about these character traits, participate in counseling and classroom lessons related to these skills, and read books pertaining to the monthly trait. Along with the character trait, the students will learn about an animal and color each month that pertains to the trait. The first trait we will be learning about this school year is responsibility. Below is the definition of the trait we are using at school as well as ways you can discuss this trait with your family this month.

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