Guidance

Our School Counseling Mission Statement

The school counseling program helps all students achieve success in school and develop into lifelong learners by focusing on the academic, career and personal/social domains.

Student Services

Individual Counseling

Small Group Counseling

Developmental Guidance Lessons

Crisis Intervention

Community Agency Liaison/Consultation

 

Individual Counseling

Self Referral

Children may self refer to the counselor when they have a worry or problem. At Osceola Mills Elementary requests to see the counselor can be found throughout the school. A child in collaboration with his or her teacher will decide if the problem can be worked out in the classroom or needs to be referred to the counselor. If the decision is to see the counselor, the child goes to the counseling office located next to the main office. If the counselor is available the child is seen immediately and if not usually later that day or the next day. Children are always encouraged to discuss their concerns with parents. Similarly parents are encouraged to contact the counselor with any questions or concerns. Telephone calls are placed to parents when necessary.

 

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is offered on a limited basis.

 

Small Group Counseling

Friendship Groups also known as Lunch Bunch

To support students’ social and emotional development, counseling groups are offered to provide children with the opportunity for extra instruction, practice and support. These groups are typically held during lunch time or snack time and focus on interpersonal and intrapersonal skill development.

Personal space, turn taking, being a good sport, conflict resolution and dealing with teasing are examples of the interpersonal skills addressed at the K-2 level. Intrapersonal skills could include stress/anxiety management, overcoming shyness, impulse control and self-confidence. Regular participation in guidance services can be initiated by a parent, teacher, and/or administrator in consultation with the school counselor.

 

Time-limited Groups

Short-term counseling groups are offered on an as needed basis. Topics have included changing families groups for children whose families are experiencing a separation, divorce or remarriage, loss and transition groups for children who have experienced a major loss, stress management and overcoming shyness. Parent permission is required for students to participate in time-limited groups.

 

Developmental Guidance Lessons

Because the counseling program aims to address the needs of all students, I provide developmental guidance lessons at all grade levels. These lessons address topics related to personal, social, academic, and career development.

 

Crisis Intervention

Centre County 1-800-643-5432

Clearfield County 1-800-341-5040

 

Community Agency Liaison/Consultation

If you are interested in a mental health, community agency referral, or just have general questions please call me! 343-4105, ext. 4104. I can also be reached at srhoades@pomounties.org.

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