• How to make a referral?


    Students can meet with the counselor individually or in small groups if they have been referred.  How do they get referred? Many times, students refer themselves.  A parent, guardian, caregiver, or a staff member can also request that a child be seen.    


    When should I call the School Counselor and under what circumstances should I expect a call from the counselor?

      When something is happening in your family that may affect your child’s school performance.

    •  If you need support, information, or counseling related resources.
    •  If you need the Carter staff to be watchful of your child for any particular reason and/or you need feedback about your child while he/she is at school.
    • You should expect a phone call from the counselor if concerns about your child are repeatedly brought to the counselor’s attention or if the counselor has contact with your child regarding a concern that requires help or involvement.


    What is confidentiality and what does it mean?

     Confidentiality means that information exchanged in a counseling/group session is kept private/confidential unless released by parent or student permission. Professional School Counselors are required to follow ethical and legal guidelines in maintaining confidentiality. For the safety and well being of children, limits to confidentiality include the occasional need to consult with a child’s teacher or the school administrator; or the need to report to proper authorities if a student discloses that he or she is being harmed, has harmed, or is planning to do harm to him/herself or someone else.


    23-24 CES Caregiver Referral



    Ellen Quarles
    Professional School Counselor
    865-933-4172 (press option 1)