The Counseling Program at Rea View Elementary provides classroom guidance lessons, small groups counseling, short-term individual counseling and crisis intervention to our students, as well as consultation for parents and teachers. The purpose of the program is to assist our students in developing into excited and successful learners by fostering a positive social, emotional, and academic environment. The school counselor advocates for all students to work towards a happy, safe, and successful school year.We are excited to introduce the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, by Sean Covey, to our students. The book is full of life long principles that will help prepare each student to be successful. Our goal is that our student will adopt these habits as their own and allow themselves to grow to their fullest potential.Habit 1: Be Proactive- You’re In ChargeHabit 2: Begin with the End in Mind- Have a planHabit 3: Put First Things First; work first then playHabit 4: Think Win Win; Everyone can winHabit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood; Listen Before you talkHabit 6: Synergize; Together is BetterHabit 7: Sharpen the Saw; Balance Feels BestTerrific Kids
Terrific Kids is a program sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Monroe. Each marking period a classroom will recognize a student that has demonstrated attributes aligned with the The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.A School Counselor Provides:
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.
Small group counseling is offered for students in all grades. Groups will be formed based on the needs of the students. 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.
Referrals for small group or brief individual counseling can be made by students, teachers, parents or administrators.
Classroom Guidance Lessons:
The counselors will work with students through monthly 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
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)
Degrees and Certifications:
I am excited to be the school counselor at Rea View Elementary. Prior to becoming a school counselor, I worked in the field of social work. I worked in this field for many years and spent much time working alongside children and families in need. I have always had a love of helping others, which led to my pursuit of a Master’s degree in School Counseling. I enjoy being part of the school community and look forward to working alongside the students and families of Rea View.
I have two children who attend UCPS schools and I am a member of the Waxhaw community. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and can be found running my kids to baseball practice or horseback riding lessons.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Elizabeth.Pecora@ucps.k12.nc.us or (704) 290-1524.