The Guidance and Counseling Program is an integral part of the total school program. It provides direct assistance to students, parents and educational staff to promote a positive school environment. This is accomplished through strategies that primarily influence the academic, social, emotional and developmental needs of students. Student counseling, parent and teacher consultation, and classroom guidance instructional interventions used to promote positive student adjustment and to assist in maximizing each student's potential.
The goals of the elementary guidance and counseling program are to help students achieve the developmental goals of their age group. There are seven basic goals for the elementary child:
- Understand self-feelings, modes of behavior, interests, strengths, and values.
- Understand others and learn effective modes of interacting and communicating for the establishment of positive relationships.
- Acquire effective problem-solving, decision-making, and coping skills.
- Become self-directive and responsible for one's own behavior.
- Develop positive attitudes toward school, community, and society.
- Acquire positive attitudes toward learning and effective study skills to maximize intellectual development.
- Develop an understanding of, and positive attitudes toward, the world of work and of self as a worker.
The guidance program provides direct counseling services and guidance services. Counseling is a direct intervention used to assist students who may be having difficulty adjusting to the learning environment. Guidance services include planning and presenting the guidance curriculum and providing activities to meet the needs of students by consulting with teachers, staff and parents to enhance the counselor's effectiveness. Counseling, classroom guidance instruction, and consultation are interventions used to help promote positive student behavior and to assist in maximizing each student's potential.
Counselors counsel students individually and in groups when students are experiencing stressful situations such as being new to the school, dealing with an impending move to another school, feeling lonely, experiencing changes in their family and so forth. Individual and group counseling is done with parent permission. Topics for classroom guidance include communication, study skills, decision making, anger management and conflict resolution.
The counselors at Groveton support students in their efforts to learn, assist them in their social and emotional growth, and guide them in their transition from elementary school to middle school. They work in the classrooms teaching guidance skills and they conduct individual and small group counseling sessions to help students solve problems.
To ask questions or discuss your child, please call 703-718-8037