Counselors are available to meet with students on an individual basis or with a group of students who have a similar life situation they wish to address, such as: divorce, loss of a family member, self-esteem, peer pressure, depression, anxiety, etc.
- Individual counseling is a personal choice in collaboration of parent, teacher and student.
- Individual Counseling reflects a short-term solution focused approach. This means that the counselor seeks to work with students in order for them to resolve problems on their own.
- Referrals for long term therapy can be made. A list of outside resources is available on this website.
- Students may meet with the counselor on an individual basis. Students can be referred by their teacher, parent and/or themselves.
- If a teacher refers a student the counselor asks that the teacher contacts the parent first before finalizing a referral.
- Parents may refer a student by simply calling the counselor and asking them to meet with their child.
- Counselors typically meet with a student on an individual basis once a week for about a half hour at a time.
- Students may also refer themselves to meet with a counselor for a one time meeting. Teachers have tablets in their classrooms for students to use. These meetings are typically a one-time meeting and are resolved quickly. Students are encouraged to talk to their parents about these meetings.
Ms. Sorenson will run support groups on various topics from year to year. If there is a need for your child to participate in a support group please contact Ms. Sorenson and let her know of this need. Support groups will meet one day a week during the school day for about six sessions. Each session will be between 30-60 minutes in length. Students must have parent permission in order to participate in a support group.
Here are some examples of support groups that might be run in the elementary school:
Divorce Support Group called “Banana Splits”: This support group is for families who are divorced or separated. We will cover topics like having two homes, living with one parent, separation and remarriage, blended families, feelings about the divorce, support people in our lives, etc.
Support Group for students with A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. called “All Stars”: This group is for students who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. We will cover topics like what is A.D.D., organization techniques, focus issues and what to do, impulse control, etc.
Friendship Groups: Friendship groups are typically formed when a teacher or a parent see a need for a student who is struggling to make friends. Students in this group can be positive role models with friendship making skills, as well as students who struggle with these skills. We will cover topics like how to make friends, how to keep friends, what to do when you have a conflict with a friend, etc.
Grief Groups: Grief groups are also formed when students are struggling with losing a loved one. These groups will be formed on an as needed basis when there are several students with similar issues. This group will cover talking about the missing loved one, stages of grief and help and healing, etc. Journeys is also a free support for families who may be grieving a lost one.