Our School Counseling Program at Antioch Elementary
Whole Class Lessons
Students will visit my classroom regularly as part of specials rotation. During class, we will focus on life lessons to ensure all Antioch gators have the tools they need to succed as an individual in our world.
Students are provided the opportunity to attend small groups. These groups might focus on social skills, overcoming shyness, changing families, friendships, and acclimating to school. If your child has been selected, I will send a permission slip home with a description of the group and a place for you to sign. Some parents/guardians have asked why their kids are chosen and if there is a problem they should know about. Most of the time, there isn’t a big problem and it’s more of an opportunity and proactive step to expand your child’s tool kit for when things happen at school and at home. The groups are typically during morning work time or during lunch (lunch bunch group!) and usually last 30-40 minutes a week for a minimum of 6 weeks. Groups are an incredibly powerful experience and have the ability to create lasting, postive impacts on committed group members.
Students who need guidance during the school day are encouraged to come and talk to me. There are referral forms outside my classroom for all students to fill out if needed. Whether the concern is small or large, I am here to listen and validate your child’s concern and help them arrive at a place where they are comfortable enough to return to class. Sometimes all they need is an open ear or a small chat help them through their concerns. Other times a student might need more regular sessions. If there is a concern I believe warrants parent/guardian attentin, I will contact you. If an issue arises at home and you think your child might need someone to talk to about it at school, please do not hesitate to email me. I am here to support all at Antioch - students, parents/guardians, and staff. My belief is that all students can succeed through collaborative efforts at home, school, and the community. It takes a village.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Ashley Cappiello
About Our School Counselor, Ms. Ashley Cappiello
Hello! I am your School Counselor! I am very excited to be with you and your students this year! Originally from Dallas, TX, I attended Hendrix College in Conway, AR where I double majored in Psychology and Allied Health. My graduate program was at Middle Tennessee State University (near Nashville, TN) where I obtained a Master of Education in Professional School Counseling. I have always loved school and I am beyond excited to be at Antioch again! I will be teaching guidance lessons as well as leading small groups and individual counseling sessions. In all counseling activities, my objective is to engage in novel, culturally appropriate ways to enhance the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. Here’s to a great rest of the year! If you ever have any questions, feel free to call or email me at 704-841-2505.
Areas of Responsibility
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Play therapy
- Peer mediation
- Conflict management
- Guidance instruction
- Community resources
- 504 Coordinator
- Foster Care Liasion
- McKinney-Vento Point of Contact
- Advancing development through the engagement of academic, social/personal, and career domains
School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).
The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:
- To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
- To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
- To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
- To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
- To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
- To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
- To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
- To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)