Counselor's Corner

Debra Lawson

Counselor’s Goals:

  1. To provide assistance to all students with their social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
  2. To provide individual, small group, and classroom developmentally appropriate lessons for students regarding social, emotional, personal, family, behavioral, or peer difficulties, which are interfering with their educational or personal growth.
  3. To provide support for teachers with students receiving special educational services.
  4. To provide teachers, parents, and students with referral resources in various areas such as: child development, academic abilities, parenting challenges, outside counseling services, grief and loss, family change and dynamics, suicide awareness, and various other mental health issues.
  5. Assist with the formulation of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and coordinate counseling services recommended.
  6. Maintain confidentiality at all times, unless a “need to know” situation arises. During that time, the counselor will collaboratively work with the principal, teachers, parents, and students regarding the well-being of the student.

What types of services are provided?

Individual Counseling – Speaking with students on a short-term, confidential basis about an issue that has been brought to my attention or something that the student feels they need to discuss.

Response Services – Assisting students with coping when a crisis has occurred, and responding to immediate issues that have occurred during school hours that prevent the student(s) from actively participating in class.

Guidance Lessons – At PCES, character education lessons are provided that are developmentally appropriate and preventative in nature. Character Education covers topics such as (friendship, bullying, respect, responsibility, and much more).

Systems Support – A counselor is available for consultation with parents/guardians, teachers/staff, and other professionals as needed. This intervention can take place in individual or group conferences, or through staff development. In addition, referrals are made to outside agencies when needed.

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