School Counseling

  • Purpose

    • To help each individual student achieve his/her highest growth academically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
    • We try to do this in several ways:
      • Helping a new student feel at home in our school with new teachers and peers in a different setting. 
      • Individual conferences whenever a student, a teacher, or the counselor deems it necessary.
      • A testing program designed to help the student learn as much as possible about his/her capabilities.
      • The counselor welcomes the opportunity to talk things over with any student, parent, or teacher.

    Counseling Services

    • Counseling services at Sun Valley Middle provide students with opportunities to breakdown academic and social barriers.

    Counseling and Student Services

    • Definition: We focus on the individual student. We help him or her to discover the way to overcome obstacles that may hinder school success. We work in the classrooms with guidance lessons, small group work as well as providing individual counseling. Counselors work to promote success in school, decision making and problem solving skills, career awareness, cooperation and collaboration between school and home. The school guidance program is sensitive to the issues facing middle school students and their families and attempts to help balance the demands for academic, career and social competencies. There are four components that provide structure to a comprehensive school guidance program: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support.

    Counselors Help

    • Students--develop an understanding of self and others in order to strengthen decision making and problem solving skills; ...understand their abilities, identify goals for learning and develop study skills; ...adjust to change from elementary to middle and begin to understand the changes from middle to high school.
    • Parents--learn about their child’s abilities and progress in school; ...become aware of attitudes and behavioral changes of their child; ...understand the school counseling program and procedures.
    • School Staff--understand the student’s individual needs, behavior, and ability; ...develop communications through parents and/or student conferences; ...supports a team effort to address student needs.

    Incident Forms

    • This form is to be completed when any incidents, intimidation, bullying, and/or threats occur that involve students or staff. Please complete this form and submit to the school administration.

    Special Programs/Services

    • Duke Tip, SPEC, New Century Scholars, Individual and Small Group Counseling, Classroom Guidance.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Counsel individual and groups of students toward academic and career development. Counsel individual and small groups of students toward personal/social development and emotional growth.Consult with and train teachers, parents and staff regarding individual needs of students. Refer children and families to special programs, specialists, community agencies when appropriate. Participate in, coordinate, and conduct activities that contribute to the effective operation of the counseling program. Participate in the intervention team process. Plan and evaluate the counseling program. Pursue continuous growth.

    Resources

  • Confidentiality Statement

    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)