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  Minor Counseling Program

Minor Elementary Guidance and Counseling Mission Statement

GCPS School Counselors will remove barriers to studentsí academic achievements and promote a safe and secure environment by providing developmentally appropriate counseling services based on best practices.

 

Minor Elementary Guidance and Counseling Philosophy

  • All students have dignity and worth.

  • All students have the potential for academic, emotional, and behavioral growth.

  • All students have the opportunity to be served by the guidance and counseling program.

  • Students of diverse backgrounds, intellectual differences, and special needs are considered in the planning and implementation of the guidance and counseling program.

  • Guidance program services will be consistent with the developmental stages of student learning.

  • The guidance and counseling program will be evaluated and refined according to a results based evaluation system (RBES).

  • Minor school counselors will participate in ongoing staff development at the local, district, state, and/or national levels.

  • Minor school counselors will abide by the Code of Ethics of both the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the American School Counseling Association.

 

Description

Minor Elementary School Counselors are dedicated to supporting each studentís search for a positive self-concept, realistic goals, and a sense of responsibility for oneís actions and choices. The counselors in partnership with teachers, administrators, and parents work toward a goal of academic success for all students.

Counselors conduct classroom guidance lessons quarterly with each classroom. Topics such as feelings, school behavior, anger management, friendship skills, study skills, careers, and personal safety are presented to all students. These lessons are based on GCPS school board approved competencies.

Counselors also do individual and group counseling. Topics for group counseling may include the following: anger management, school behavior, study skills, friendship skills, self-esteem, family changes, or grief and loss. Students meet with the counselor once per week for 30 to 40 minutes to do activities, discuss feelings, and learn new life skills. Small groups usually last between 6 and 8 weeks and are conducted during the second, third, and fourth 9-week periods.

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Meet Minor's Counselors

Mrs. Alvira

Mrs. Caldwell