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Ms. Kaitlyn Hamilton
My name is Kaitlyn Hamilton and I would like to introduce myself to you as the School Counselor at Kensington Elementary School. I am entering my 5th year in the Union County School District and I am thrilled to be your school counselor! I look forward to working with you and your child this year, and I will make every effort to see that your child receives as much personal assistance as possible.
The School Counseling program at Kensington Elementary is based on the American School Counseling Association Model and our district standards. It includes a variety of services for ALL students and is designed to assist with interests and issues related to the stages of student growth in the areas of academic, career, personal, emotional, and social development. The following services will be offered for the 2021-22 school year:
- Small group counseling sessions, with parent permission, for students focusing on: executive functioning, friendship/social skills, and emotional regulation. If you feel that your child needs assistance in any of these areas please let me know.
- Individual meetings to help students adjust to school or help with personal issues on an as needed basis.
- Classroom guidance lessons with emphasis on personal/social skills, bullying prevention, online safety, academic development (study skills), and career awareness.
- Referral assistance to other programs and services in the community.
If you have any questions regarding the counseling program, please contact me directly at (704)290-1500 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working together with you this year to help ensure your child’s success in school and life in general. We are going to have a great year!
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)