Counselor's Corner

November 2022

Classroom Counseling Lessons

Your student receives a classroom counseling lesson once a month from me during their resource time. Lesson topics include kindness, growth mindset, making and keeping friends, conflict resolution, cooperation and teamwork, character education, career awareness, bullying, personal safety, and so much more. These lessons help support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is a lifelong process of learning how to better understand ourselves, connect with others, and work together to achieve goals and support each other.

Small Group Counseling

My goal is to help all students succeed academically and socially. To do this I often work with students individually or in small groups. Small groups generally consist of 6-8 students from the same grade level. Groups meet for approximately 30-40 minutes once a week for 6 weeks. Parent permission forms will be sent out prior to the start of group.


Current small groups include 1st Grade Social Skills, 3rd Grade Lunch Bunch, and 5th Grade Girls Self-Confidence & Healthy Friendships. More groups will be added throughout the year. If you would like your child to participate in a counseling small group please let me know.

How Do I Refer my Student to Speak with the Counselor?

To refer your student to be seen by the school counselor, please complete the School Counselor Request Google Form. If you need more immediate assistance, please call me at 912-882-9280.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering at SMES, you will need to complete volunteer training. There have been three sessions of training so far. If there is enough interest, another session can be scheduled. Please email smccaskill@camden.k12.ga.us if you are interested in volunteering.

Attendance

If your child is absent, please have them return to school with a written excuse note. See below for excuse note guidelines.
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Camden Community Behavioral Health Resources

Click here to open the Camden Behavioral Health Providers, Prevention Services, and Groups Resource List. For immediate access to routine or crisis services, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.

Meet Your School Counselor, Ms. McCaskill

My primary goal is to help all students become better learners by providing a comprehensive counseling program that meets their academic, career, and social/emotional needs. I meet with students individually, conduct small groups, and teach classroom counseling lessons. I provide solution-focused brief counseling to help students overcome issues that have an impact on their school performance, but my role is not to diagnose or provide long-term therapy. I am, however, happy to provide a list of community resources if you are interested in outside counseling services. I also work closely with parents, administrators, and teachers regarding attendance concerns, Section 504 plans, and the MTSS process. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can help with!