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Mrs. Kristina Ellerbe
Welcome! My name is Kristina Ellerbe and I am the school counselor at Union Elementary School. I began my career 2016 - 2017 at Union Elementary School. I am so excited to be a part of the Union family and to get to know all of our students and families! I graduated in 2016 with my Master's in Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, SC in 2012. As a School Counselor, it is my goal to support all students in their academic, social, emotional, and career development so that they can be successful students. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 704-296-6348.
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)