Welcome to the Noble Elementary Schools' Counselor’s Corner
Tiger Proud & Bully Free
School Counselor: Patricia Buckner
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 Ambassador Program
~ Small & Individual group counseling
~Act as a consultant and referral source between school, parents, and community
~Parent presentations and/or community collaboration to support student success
~Coordinate School testing and support 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 more 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 happy & 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.