Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling

 

Individual counseling is a service offered to second through fifth grade students. Students may be referred for counseling by a parent, a teacher or themselves. Counseling can be short-term or on-going based on the problem/situation. Issues that a school counselor might address with students:

  • peer relations
  • school
  • performance                                                                         
  • anxiety
  • family change
  • grief
  • self-esteem issues
  • anger management
  • conflict resolution
  • new students
  • middle school transition

Many times, students will request a visit with the counselor regarding a situation at school and we will meet briefly to try to resolve the situation, particularly if there has been a problem on the playground/hallway/lunchroom with another student(s). These types of visits do not require prior permission from a parent, however I encourage students to go home and share with parents and guardians that we spoke and explain why we met.

If the problem situation resulted in some type of consequence, the student will meet with the principal or assistant principal. The counselor does not see students for discipline, but rather to assist in conflict resolution so that the student may return to class and have productive learning time.

Serious behavior problems or certain family issues may require more in-depth counseling with a licensed professional counselor at an outside agency. Your school counselor can assist you with more information about resources in the community for counseling.

According to Kentucky law, school personnel are mandated to report child abuse and neglect. The reporter must do so if they have reason to believe that a child seen in the course of their professional duties has been abused, or neglected or threatened with abuse or neglect and the person has reason to believe the threats will be carried out. Every instance of child abuse or neglect must be reported no matter when it happened or where it happened.