School Counseling Program

Haverhill Elementary School

Program Components

Guidance: Implementation of classroom guidance lessons to teach skills and knowledge in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development.

Counseling: Working with parents, teachers, and students to remove personal and social barriers to learning to increase student success. This includes:

  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Consultation with parents and teachers regarding academic, personal or social issues

Advocacy: Advocating for system change so that barriers to learning are removed.

Program Management: Tasks completed to maintain the school counseling program. This includes:

  • Program development
  • Professional development
  • Participation in school committees

Non-Program: Activities that do not help students master guidance standards or help students successfully address a personal/social issue that is interfering with learning.

*Programming information is based on the ASCA National Model and Gold Star Initiative

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Counselor/Student Relationship

Students are informed that if they would like to meet with me they can request a meeting through their parents or teacher, or they may ask me to meet with them.

If I meet with a student once I usually inform the parent of this meeting only if it is an issue we need your assistance with or if a referral needs to be made. If I am going to meet with a student for a few times (maximum of 4-5) I will call you for consent to work with your child. I also ask for permission to include any child in a group.

An important part of the counselor and student relationship is trust. One of the ways counselors build a trusting relationship with students is through confidentiality. I talk to students at the beginning of the year about keeping information confidential. I share with students that I will try to keep the information they share with me confidential but there are times when I will need to share with other adults what the student has shared with me. I tell the students I will break confidentiality if they are going to hurt themselves or someone else, if someone is hurting them, if they tell me someone else is being hurt, or we decide it is important for us to share the information with another adult. I do share with students that problem solving is a collaborative effort and there will be times we will want to include their parents or teachers in our work.