Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program
- Individual counseling -- This may be a one-time session when a scholar is having a particularly difficult day or dealing with an upsetting event. The school counselor may assist in developing coping strategies, teach calming techniques, or act as a soundboard when scholars need a listening ear. Individual counseling sessions may also happen on a regular basis to address specific academic, emotional, or behavioral concerns. If scholars need in-depth counseling or long term therapy, they may be referred to an outside agency or other mental health specialist for more intensive support.
- Group counseling --The school counselor runs small groups (4-8 scholars) on a variety of topics. Depending on the need of the school, these may include making friends, anger management, social skills, grief and loss, or handling divorce. Groups run for 6-8 weeks for approximately 30-45 minutes once a week.
- Classroom guidance -- Throughout the year, the school counselor prepares and teaches classroom guidance lessons that are specifically targeted for each grade level. Topics may include behavior, working with others, mindfulness, college and career readiness, and others.
School Counseling Mission Statement
- The mission of the Northwest School Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that empowers all students to discover their full potential through their growth in academic, personal, and social/emotional domains. In partnership with all stakeholders, the school counselor will encourage all students to become successful lifelong learners and problem solvers.
School Counseling Vision Statement
- The Northwest Elementary School counseling program envisions a future where all of our students are productive and compassionate members of society using their talents, abilities, and gifts to make lasting and positive impacts.
The Counseling Department believes:
- Each student has dignity and worth.
- Each student is an individual and learns at their own pace.
- Each student can achieve academic, career, and social/emotional success.
- Each student deserves to be a member of a school community that is culturally compassionate and that celebrates their unique qualities.
- Each student should be accounted for and feel valued.
- Each student can learn to become self-advocates and resilient in facing life’s challenges.
- Each student has access to a school counselor who advocates for their academic, career, and social/emotional needs.
- Each student has the right to participate in a school counseling program that is accountable and implemented with fidelity and consistency.
- The school counselor will use data to design, implement, evaluate and continuously improve the comprehensive school counseling program.
- The school counselor will abide by the American School Counselor Association’s Ethical Standards for School Counselors to make informed decisions based on the highest moral principles.
- The Program is based on the ASCA & Texas Model
For Parents/Guardians and Students - Confidentiality
Confidentiality Confidentiality is an important part of the counselor-student relationship. Confidentiality means conversations between the student and the counselor are considered confidential, unless the student indicates that:
- Someone is harming them,
- They are harming themselves,
- Someone else is getting harmed,
- Or the student gives permission to share information with another trusted adult