Please visit the Counseling website for more detail.
The Counseling Program at Weddington Elementary provides classroom guidance 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, the school counselor advocates for all students to work towards a successful school year.
Counseling is designed to help students gain a better understanding of themselves or others, define goals, and resolve conflict. Students may meet with a counselor individually by student request, parent request, teacher referral, or counselor invitation.
Small Group Counseling
Group counseling is offered throughout the school year. Small "Lunch Bunch" groups help children learn coping skills, further develop skills in certain areas, and provide an opportunity to learn from other students. Groups encourage children to help each other, share ideas, and develop life skills. The sessions are interactive and based on the specific needs of group members. While the sessions are designed to be beneficial for all students, only a select number of students are invited to participate in groups due to time limitations. The majority of group referrals come through teacher recommendation. Topics depend on student need but may include friendship skills, school success skills, family changes, anxiety, or self-esteem. These groups meet for 30 minutes one day per week for 6 weeks.
Classroom guidance lessons focus on developmental needs and may include friendship skills, bully prevention, conflict resolution, school skills, career awareness, and other topics. The counselor provides lessons in each classroom 12 times per year on a rotating basis.Topics for lessons are based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Guidance.
Character Word of the Month
- September - Respect
- October - Responsibility
- November - Honesty
- December - Fairness
- January - Dependability
- February - Compassion
- March - Courage
- April - Kindness
- May - Perseverance
Helpful WebsitesCareer Websites for Students and Parents
Bullying Information for Students and Parents
Character Education Websites
Phone: (704) 849-7238
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Amanda Jewell
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)