Cold Spring Elementary Counseling Services
Counseling is provided for students expressing difficulties with relationships, personal concerns, or struggling with normal developmental tasks. Crisis counseling is also provided to students and their families facing emergency situations. Students, staff, and parents often make the referrals. Referral sheets are located by the door of the counseling office. Parents can call and/or make an appointment to make a referral for their child.
Small groups are designed to be both preventative and remedial. The groups formed are based on the current needs of the student body and staff. Many students are involved in both individual and group counseling. Students may participate in more than one group during the year, but not repeat the same topic group that year.
Groups typically run for eight to ten weeks. The student may participate with a signed parent permission slip. Referrals for small group may be given throughout the year.
Social skills/friendship group activities and lessons cover a variety of areas such as cooperation, sharing, self-esteem, feelings, decision-making, bullying, conflict resolution and friendship. Because much of a student's behavior is learned through their peers, role model students are encouraged to participate in a group. Small group is a beneficial learning experience for any student involved. Specialty groups (such as divorce, grief and loss, changing family, anger control, etc.) will also be available throughout the year "as needed" for students who need extra help in specific areas.
Lunch groups consist of six to eight students from the same grade level. Students are selected to participate in these groups. The group meets once every other week during the lunch periods n the counselor's room. The purpose of these groups is to help students connect with others in a natural social setting.
During the first few weeks of school all new students will have the opportunity to visit with the school counselor. This allows new students to become acquainted with the counselor's role and support can be offered for any transition issues that may arise. A picture of each new student is taken for the bulletin board.
The school counselor is available to consult with parents, teachers, and staff regarding strategies to help students. The school counselor also acts as a resource person and houses a variety of books and information in the guidance office. During the school year the counselor is available to help make outside referrals via social services, mental health agencies, etc.
Although counseling does not fall under special education, the school counselor works very closely with the special education team, attending special education meetings and IEP staffings.