Hello! My name is Carrie Weers and I am the professional school counselor at Samuelson Elementary. I am very excited about working with all the students at Samuelson and would welcome the opportunity to visit with you also. I will be in your student’s classroom for a 30-minute classroom guidance lesson every other week. I also will be working with small groups and individuals. Reach out if you need any community resources as well. My job is to ensure that your student has everything they need to be successful at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at (515) 242-8441 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OBJECTIVES COVERED DURING GUIDANCE TIME:
THE PERSONAL SAFETY AND WELL BEING UNIT INFO:
WHAT DOES THE ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR DO?
Sees children individually
Works with children in small groups
Conducts classroom guidance lessons
Works with parents
Works with teachers
Acts as a liaison with outside agencies
Uses the community as a resource
WHERE DOES THE CHILD SEE THE COUNSELOR?
In the counselor’s offices
In the classroom
In the hall
On the playground
In the lunchroom
In the library (where my office is)
WHO DOES THE ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR HELP?
The counselor helps children…
Recognize their strengths and weaknesses to achieve better in school
Build self-confidence and self-esteem
Learn decision-making and problem-solving skills
Establish and maintain healthy relationship with others
Learn self-respect and dignity
Deal with concerns, feelings, and goals
Learn communication and leadership skills
Better understand themselves and others
Gain valuable social skills
Gain valuable citizenship skills
The counselor helps parents…
Learn about their child’s growth and development
Appreciate their child’s abilities, limitations, and progress in school
Encourage a home atmosphere for emotional security and personal growth
Help their child learn to cope with crises arising within the family (divorce, death, serious illness, etc.)
WHY DO WE HAVE AN ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR?
To foster a sense of self-worth and belonging which are necessary before a child can grow academically
To promote a positive school environment
To help children deal with the increasing number of choices they face
To combat the high incidence of drug abuse in our society
To implement a program of prevention