Classroom Counseling Each class attends classroom counseling one to two times per month. The topics of each lesson are chosen based on the input received from the parents', staff, and students' needs assessment that is completed at the beginning of each school year and include topics such as self-esteem and coping skills.
Individual Counseling I also work with students one-on-one to discuss issues such as friendship and conflict resolution. Students are referred by a parent or teacher or can refer themselves. What we talk about stays confidential unless the child is in danger of getting hurt or hurting someone else. Small group counseling Small group counseling sessions are offered to provide additional services to children with common needs or concerns. Small groups are beneficial for students because it allows them to share their thoughts and feelings with peers. In the elementary level, topics of small groups may include resiliency and academic success. The ultimate goal of small group counseling is to work through things such as interpersonal issues, to develop strategies and skills to positively impact their school achievement, and to increase appropriate social interaction skills.
DCE's school counseling program is aligned with standards set by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).