Counselor's Corner

 

School Counselor
Mrs. Joanna Spray

 

School Counselors help students by . . .

  • Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
  • Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities.
  • Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach skills such as healthy decision making, resolving conflicts and respecting others.
  • Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.
  • Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success.
  • Counseling with students individually and in groups.
  • Providing support during personal crisis.

Counselors are the heart of the school by . . .

  • Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn.
  • Coordinating referrals to outside agencies.
  • Helping design interventions to enhance student success.
  • Helping parents, teachers, administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students.

How does a student get to see the School Counselor?

  • Self-referral
  • Request of the counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Principal, teacher or other staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)

Students will not be seen by the counselor for individual or group counseling without parent/legal caregiver consent. Consent can be given verbally to the principal, the teacher, or to the counselor. Most generally, the counselor will send home a written permission slip. Permission can be withdrawn at anytime by parent request. Counseling and guidance services are available to all students.

Resources for parents and teachers

Mental Health

*Please contact Mrs. Spray if you are considering counseling for your child and would like a list of local mental health providers. www.samhsa.gov-substance abuse and mental health services administration

www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml-national institute of mental health

www.adaa.org-anxiety disorders association of America

www.chadd.org-children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Parenting

www.kidshealth.org-parenting information and resources

www.tnpc.com-the national parenting center

Divorce

www.uptoparents.org

www.divorceinfo.com/children.htm

Grief

www.dougy.org

http://ww12.allkidsgrieve.org

Bullying

https://www.stopbullying.gov

www.teamheroes.ca/website/index.html

www.bullyinginfo.org

Other Sites

www.sprc.org-suicide prevention resource center

www.jasonfoundation.com-suicide prevention and resource information

www.doe.in.gov/sservices/resources_military_children.html-resources for military families

www.in.gov/fssa-Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, information on programs such as Hoosier Healthwise, Food Stamps, TANF, childcare finder, etc.