Salem Counselor: Mrs. HinrichsWhat does my counselor do?
Monthly Classroom LessonsDevelopmental classroom lessons offer an opportunity to provide support to the largest number of students in the school. The school counselor presents lessons that are developmentally appropriate for students in kindergarten through fifth grades.Lessons are designed to build students' personal/social, academic, and career development.· understanding self and others
· coping strategies
· peer relationships
· problem solving
· decision making
· conflict resolution
Group CounselingIn small group counseling, the counselor works with two or more students. Group discussions may be relatively unstructured or based on structured learning activities.During the group sessions, students will become involved in fun activities such as playing games, drawing, role-playing, reading books, and group discussions. Students will learn ways of getting along with others, communicating more effectively, controlling their behavior, and resolving conflict.
Groups are offered throughout the year based on the needs of the students. Some common group topics include:
· Anger Management
· Social Skills
· Study/Test Taking skills
· Conflict resolution
Individual CounselingCounseling is provided on an individual basis for students whose problems or difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks are affecting their school performance. It focuses on helping students to identify problems and causes, alternatives, and possible consequences, and to take action when appropriate.
Children are referred to the counselor by:
· the student himself or herself
· a teacher
· the parent(s) or guardian(s)