Sandy Ridge School Counseling Program
Welcome! I am Allison Parkhurst, the school counselor at Sandy Ridge Elementary. You can reach me by calling the school at 704-290-1505 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students and families can click here to access my website.
This my 17th year as a school counselor. I have been at Sandy Ridge since the school opened, and I am very happy and proud to be a RAM! I did my Masters in Counseling at UNC Charlotte and am a National Certified Counselor (NCC# 95079) and an LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor #6930) in the state of North Carolina. I love my job as an elementary school counselor! I am passionate about supporting students and helping them gain skills to be more successful at school and in life. Away from Sandy Ridge, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. I love being active, enjoying the outdoors, crafts, and cooking.
The Counseling Program at Sandy Ridge Elementary provides classroom counseling lessons, small groups, short-term individual counseling and crisis intervention, as well as consultation for parents and teachers. The focus of the program is prevention, and to foster positive social, emotional, and academic development for all students. As a helper in the school, I advocate for all students to work towards a successful school 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)