Counselor

Kelso Choices

Kelso Choices

Korematsu Counseling Program

 

Why Elementary School Counselors?


 

        Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. 

 

       The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.  Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the  areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.  ASCA, 2014 


 

Counseling Services:

  • Classroom lessons

 Classroom lessons are provided to all students at various times throughout the year. The curriculum is focused primarily on social-emotional development teaching skills in communication, conflict resolution (Kelso's Choices), team building and collaboration, bullying prevention and character education. Lessons are designed to support the Common Core Standards.

  • Small group counseling 

Small group lessons may include conflict resolution, communication and listening skills, leadership, team building, cooperation, and self-regulation. 

  • Individual counseling

Students referred for individual counseling may set goals, develop individual behavior contracts, practice interpersonal or communication skills as well as receive daily feedback.  

  • Consultation  

The counselor works as a team with teachers, parents and administrators to collaborate, coordinate and advocate for students and to help create a caring school climate.