Manasquan Elementary School Counseling Services
One of the goals of an Elementary School Counselor is to know all the members of our school community-students, parents, and staff-and to address their diverse needs.
The school counseling program will promote school success through focusing on prevention and early intervention, academic achievement, and social/emotional and career development. The primary goal is to promote and enhance student learning.
Since student needs are the focus of this program, please feel free to call if we can be of any assistance to you or your child. We hope the following description of services will familiarize you with the developmental counseling program.
To contact the counseling office, please call:
Nancy Sanders 528-8810 Ext. 2201
Erin Saponara 528-8810 Ext. 2013
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Comprehensive Counseling Program
The following is a brief description of some of the services available to students, parents, and staff from the counseling office.
This service will aid students transferring from another school district.
A systematic check of all students will be made through report cards and teacher/parent consultation.
Students, parents, and teachers will be helped in securing assistance to meet the educational needs of the child, as necessary, through the Intervention and Referral Services Team.
The counselor will offer consultative services to parents/guardians and teachers regarding the developmental growth of their children, and assistance will be offered to parents to achieve realistic perceptions of their children in relations to their potentials and interests.
The following is a brief description of some of the programs offered to students in small group or classroom guidance. Programs and purpose of the programs may vary depending on the needs of the students.
Orientation: The counselor will meet with each class at the beginning of the school year to introduce the role of the counselor in the school.
Developmental: Programs will be developed that are age-appropriate to meet the needs of students.
Special Needs : Programs are based on special interest or need of a particular class. (Example: social skills, bullying, new students).
Kelso's Choice: Conflict resolution program for grades K-2.
Second Step Program: Violence prevention program grades 3-7.
Character Education: Grades K-8.
Career Awareness: Grades 7-8.
Small groups will be formed to meet the needs of students and will meet for a specified time once per week. Permission will be required.
Meeting the ongoing or critical needs of individual students is the primary focus of the counselor. Short-term solution-focused counseling will be offered to students. A student may see the counselor by:
*Personal request(verbal, written, "request to see my counselor" form)
A child may see the Counselor for:
*social interaction problems
*adjustment to school
*success and accomplishments
*any other area of concern
A Note About Confidentiality:
An important component of the counseling relationship is trust. The counseling sessions involving all students and/or parents are confidential, meaning the information cannot be shared, expect in those instances covered by law. Parents and guardians of minor children have certain privileges and can be entitles to information about their minor children in a counseling relationship. Other situations might include, but are not limited to the following:
-Threat of harm to another person
-Threat of harm to self
-Suspected child abuse or neglect
-Referral for long-term counseling or other services not provided by the school
-If a judge is involved and your counselor is ordered toprovide information
-If there is a violation of school policy and administrationis required to be informed