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What Does Our School Counselor Do?
- Individual Counseling
- Small Group Counseling
- Classroom Lessons
- Terrific Kid's Character Education Program
- Conflict Resolution
- Backpack Buddies
- Red Ribbon Week
- Holiday Food Drive
- Girls on the Run
The school counseling program implemented at Marshville Elementary is governed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Our approach is one that is well-balanced, comprehensive and refers to a sequential, developmental program designed to benefit all students. Such a plan includes character education that focuses on exploration, understanding and success in academic development, career development and personal/social development.
Assimilating character education into all aspects a child’s life will provide the foundation for them to contribute to a society that sees hope and love rather than despair, optimism rather than pessimism and cooperation rather than isolation and peace rather than violence. The importance of character education here at Marshville Elementary is not reduced to a list of traits or words posted on a wall. We realize it’s about the necessity of learning why civility and respect toward everyone, everywhere, is so important. Through character and civic education, the goal for students is to produce confident, skilled, virtuous people who can actively participate in our democratic society.
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)