Students are referred to the Counselor’s Office for Individual Counseling by parent, teacher, or school staff. These students meet one-on-one to talk about special topics, help identify and express feelings, and help to develop positive attitudes toward self, family, and the school community. Special topics could include: family stress, friendship problems, self esteem or other student concerns.
At West Elementary, we are always “active” when we talk. The use of play dough, puppets, crayons, games, and books is crucial when working with students.
As a School Counselor, if a child shares a concern about harming him or herself or others, or child abuse or neglect, I am mandated by the State to report this to the McLeod County Social Services.