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School Counseling Program - Four Components

Guidance

A school counselor is trained inschool counseling, just as other teachers are trained in math, science,or English.  Our job at Erwin Intermediate School is to develop,implement, and evaluate a comprehensive School counseling Programdesigned to meet the needs of every student.  To accomplish this goal,we provide classroom guidance lessons, individual student planning,responsive services, and system support.

Classroom Guidance Lessonshelp students understand themselves and others.  Through classroomguidance, school counselors help students develop peer relationships,effective social skills, decision making skills and student skills,effective communications, conflict resolution, coping strategies, andexplore safe and healthy choices.

Individual Student Planninghelps students set goals, establish academic and career plans,understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and prepare for thetransitions.

Responsive Servicesassist students with particular needs, such as adjusting to a newschool, coping with grief following a crisis or a loss, dealing withsubstance abuse or other risky behaviors.  Responsive services areprovided through individual and small group counseling, peerfacilitating, and consultation and referrals to community professionalstrained in mental health and other specialties.

System Supportenhances school climate and relationships among members of the schoolcommunity.  School counselors coordinate parent outreach services ,community support services and consultations with other faculty andstaff to facilitate collaboration and a greater understanding ofstudents' developmental needs.

As your school counselors, we work to ensure our School CounselingProgram is progressive, dynamic, and responsive to the needs of allstudents.  Thank you for exploring ways we can work together to make ourProgram the best it can be!

Ms. Kreamer, Counselor