Our goal is to ensure that upon leaving Armstrong Elementary School, all students will have achieved academic success, social emotional growth, and have the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to set and accomplish meaningful goals. In order to achieve this goal, the counseling department provides school wide activities and lessons to support their academic, social-emotional, and College & Career development.
As Professional School Counselors, we provide Classroom Counseling Lessons to all students. Topics for the lessons fall within the three ASCA Domains: Academic, Social-Emotional, and College/Career.
School Counselors provide Short-term (6-8 week) Group Counseling to students in need of additional support. For example, topics for these groups may include: Social Skills, Skills for Learning, Relational Aggression, Resiliency, Friendship, Family Change, and Impulse Control.
Based on student need, 1:1 Counseling Sessions are provided to students, in order to address concerns related to academic, social-emotional development, and individual student planning.
Consultations and Collaborations with School Staff
Referrals and Community Resources
School Counselors have a primary obligation to ensure confidentiality with their client, the student. Any student working with the School Counselor has the right to privacy and the promise of confidentiality. In order to ensure meaningful and honest dialogue within the counseling relationship, the student must be able to have trust and confidence in their counselor.
At the beginning of the school year, and prior to each session, all students and families are made aware of the confidentiality statement and exceptions. Exceptions to confidentiality exist in which the counselor must inform others of this information in order to prevent "serious or foreseeable harm" to the student, others, or if "legally required."