School Counseling Mission Statement:
My mission as a school counselor is to help every student at Indian Trail have the necessary skills to be a successful citizen both in and out of the classroom. Elementary students are developing core academic skills. In addition, they are beginning to develop decision-making and communication skills as well as developing character. My goal is help students, teachers and parents identify each student’s academic and social strengths while working to reduce barriers to student success. Please contact me at 704-296-3095 or using firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our School Counseling Program:
We offer a comprehensive school counseling program at Indian Trail. Services include:
Students may work with a counselor individually for a variety of reasons, such as: anxiety, self-concept, friendship problems, behavior problems, organization, study skills, self-control, grief and loss, divorce/separation, and coping with stress. School counseling is short-term in nature.
Small Group Counseling:
Small group counseling is offered for students in all grades. Groups will be formed based on the needs of the students. Referrals for small group or brief individual counseling can be made by students, teachers, parents or administrators.
Some areas of focus will include:
- friendship/social skills
- anger management
- changing families
- bullying awareness
*Parent permission is always requested before a child may participate in a group.
Classroom Guidance Lessons:
The counselors will work with students through frequent classroom guidance lessons. Topics that will be covered include:
- bullying awareness
- friendship/teamwork building
- conflict resolution
- tattling versus reporting
- tolerance and respect of differences
- personal safety
Terrific Kids Program
Terrific Kids is a program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Monroe. The program recognizes a student from each class that has demonstrated a specific character trait for the grading period.
· School Counseling information:
- Parenting http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/
- Kids.gov careers http://kids.usa.gov/grown-ups/jobs/index.shtml
- Career Exploration http://www.khake.com/page64.html
- Pacer Kids against Bullying http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/#/home
- Stop Bullying Now http://www.stopbullyingnow.org
- PBS Kids http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/
- Good Character http://www.goodcharacter.com/
- 7 Habits of Happy Kids http://www.theleaderinme.org/the-7-habits-for-kids
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Amber Heine
My name is Amber Heine. I am excited to join the Timberwolves pack as your school counselor this year. I am a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with my master’s degree in school counseling. I received my bachelor’s from the University of Kansas. My family and I moved to the Charlotte metro area three years ago. I have two elementary aged children who also attend Union County Public Schools. Outside of school, you will find me reading, running and watching college sports. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our Pack families.
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)