Welcome to the Fairfax Elementary School's
Elementary School Counselors
Our mission is to work as a part of the professional school team to address the academic, personal/social, career, and developmental needs of our students. To consult and collaborate with other educators, parents, and community members in the development of attributes that will enable students to successfully participate in a global society as responsible citizens.
Tiger Proud & Bully Free
Channon Cotton, M.E.d.
What does an elementary school counselor do?
- Helps ALL children
- Teaches classroom guidance lessons (focused on: bully free curriculum, understanding of self and others, communication skills, decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, and career exploration)
- Serves as a permanent member of the Student Assistance Team
- Assists with crisis intervention
- Works with children individually and in small groups
- Consults with parents and teachers
- Coordinates New Student Program
- Small and individual group counseling
- Acts as a consultant and referral source between school, parents, and community
- Parent presentations and/or community collaboration to support student success
- Coordinates school testing and supports students
What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?
- Strategies in conflict resolution
- Feelings about him/herself
- Difficulty in making or getting along with friends
- A family problem
- A school problem
- A fear or worry
- A physical concern
- The need for extra support with difficult situations
What might a student do in the counselor's office?
- Talk about things that are important to children
- Reinforce classroom lesson strategies employed in Second Step Curriculum
- Use games, books, and conversation starters to help children resolve conflict
- Talk about feelings
- Work on a plan to reach a goal/implement plan to meet student needs
- Read stories that help students learn and understand ore about themselves
- Use as a safe place to calm down when feeling upset
- Play games to learn ways to relate to others
- Actively participate in Tiger Proud & Bully Free strategies for a happy and healthy school climate
How does a student get to see the counselor?
- The student may ask to go to the counselor’s office or fill out a special kid’s referral form
- The teacher or principal can send him or her
- Mom, Dad, or another care provider can request counseling services
- A school friend may invite him or her for a special visit in any counseling situation
Confidentiality is maintained except:
1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
2. If a child poses a danger to self or others.
3. The child and/or parent/guardian gives permission to share information.