Counseling at Erdenheim Elementary School
The goal of the elementary counseling program at Erdenheim is to meet the needs of all students, by focusing on their academic, social and emotional development. The roles of the program are constantly changing, reflecting the needs of the many people in our school community; children, parents, teachers, and administrators. In an attempt to meet these needs, our guidance counselors provide a variety of services which include the following:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Peer Mediation
- Teacher Consultation
- Parent Consultation
- Inter-Agency meetings
- Faculty Inservice
- Community Presentations
An important part of any comprehensive, developmental school counseling program is the delivery of classroom lessons. During the school year, lessons are taught in each classroom, every other week. Currently, Counselors are delivering lessons from the Second STEP Curriculum. Second Step is a research-based program designed to increase students' school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting self-regulation and emotional competence.
Spending time with the students in the classroom environment also gives us the opportunity to get to know the students a little better. In turn, when a student needs to speak with a counselor on a personal level, there is an increased level of comfort.
Individual Counseling Services
Elementary school counselors meet individually with students to provide support for school-related issues. Students can refer themselves to the counselor or can be referred by parents, teachers, or other school staff.
Group Counseling Services
Throughout the school year, a variety of small groups are offered for students on the following topics:
- Grief and Loss
- Family Issues
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills.
Groups typically run for about six to eight weeks and are available on an as-needed basis.
Counselors, parents, and teachers work together to support children. Elementary school counselors work with parents to exchange and gather information, provide recommendations, and to discuss parenting concerns. Elementary school counselors work with teachers, administrators, and other staff to provide information, materials and referral assistance, to address student needs, and to promote a positive learning environment.