About Elementary School Counseling

    The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
    Source: American School Counselor Association, "Why Elementary Counselors?"

How We Help

    Throughout the school year, Ms. K teaches a variety of Counseling lessons in grades K-5 throughout the week. All lessons are based on the academic, social/emotional, and careers domains identified by the state of Tennessee and the American School Counselor Association. Click the links below to view the state or national standards. 
    Individual visits with children are based on referrals from parents, teachers, administrators, and students. The counselor tries to visit at times during which the student will not miss direct instruction of new skills and concepts. The counselor listens to the child and tries to help him/her to develop a plan for handling things in the future.
    The counselor is trained and willing to facilitate small groups of children dealing with similar issues. Small groups typically consist of anywhere between 2-5 students who meet periodically to work together towards common goals. Groups can be created to address several topics including, but not limited to, divorce, study skills, anger management, friendship skills, and classroom behavior. 
    Consultation with parents and teachers is a critical part of the school counselor's role in advocating for students and helping them succeed. Ms. K is always willing to help parents and teachers whenever requested.