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Counseling Corner

Have a problem?  Not sure what to do...read on!

Welcome to the Counseling Corner!  This is a great place to look for answers to many social challenges in middle school.

 

Students, the counseling department is a safe space for all to come and see one of our counselors, it can be by appointment (just loopmail them)  or you can drop in and wait to speak to someone.

 

If you are having trouble with a peer:

 

1st: Please be sure to talk to them about it.  Use your words to support them or tell them to stop,

 

Next: Get an adult if the situation continues or gets worse. To get help from an adult, you can:

A) Talk to your parents

B) Talk to a teacher

C) Talk to a counselor

D) Talk to an administrator

E) Fill out an incident report online or in the counseling office.

F) If you or a friend are having suicidal thoughts, you may visit link or call 1-800-273-8255

 

Information about the Counseling Department

What does a School Counselor do?
• Helps create a safe school environment where children can learn.
• Promotes positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
• Assists students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities, options and choices.
• Supports students by teaching skills for achieving success.
• Provides counseling with students individually and in groups.
• Works with students to ensure optimal attendance and minimal tardiness.
• Coordinates referrals to outside agencies.
• Helps design interventions to enhance student success in all areas of life.
• Helps students learn about anger management, conflict resolution and mediation skills.
• Helps parents, teachers, and administrators learn how to meet the needs of all students.

A School Counselor is not a doctor or a psychologist. School Counselors meet with you, the student, to help you sort through problems that might be happening in your day-to-day life. Let's face it; we are all faced with problems in our lives! Sometimes there are problems that need even more attention than a school counselor can offer. School Counselors work with other people in the field of psychology to assist students and parents in working through some difficult personal or family concerns.

How do I see the Counselor?
Ask your teacher for a pass, ask the counselor to send you a pass, request by the counselor, principal or assistant principal request, parent request, teacher request and friend request. Please contact Mrs. Puckett to schedule an appointment.

When can I see the Counselor?

During the school day and before/after school.

Where is the Counselor's office?
Our office is in the back of the Administration Building, by the bike rack.
How and why do parents contact the school counselor?
Concerns over student achievement, family health problems, new school registration and orientation, test interpretation, discussing special needs of their student, discussion of potential crisis, family difficulties or concerns, scheduling, 504 plans, student success team meetings, and parent Education.

Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
When you receive a slip with your Counselor's name on it, it does not mean you have been called in because you are in trouble or "bad". In fact, a counselor is an adult who acts as your advocate! An advocate is someone who wants to listen to what you have to say and help you come up with reasonable solutions to making your situation better. It does not mean that your counselor can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place that you can go to when you are not sure what to do.

General Resources/ Articles

 

Tips on Study Skills/Time Management/Test Preparation (PDF)

It's My Life: A Guide for Middle-Schoolers


American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Articles and useful information for parents.

Hope Hospice
If yo
u are looking for a support service for students who have a parent who is ill or recently deceased, you may want to check out Hope Hospice which runs wonderful groups for students and teens who may need support yet want the "normalcy" of a school day and may not actually want to be in a grief/loss group at school. Please note that this response may be different for students who have experienced loss of a parent a while ago, as they have different issues that arise as time goes by. The bottom line is that Hope Hospice is a great resource for any sort of bereavement issues For your information, please visit their website or call them at 925-829-8770.

Twelve Secrets for Successful Step-parenting
Parenting and step-parenting is probably the most challenging job you can tackle, yet there are no job requirements (other than having kids). It doesn't require getting a child care license, serving an apprenticeship, passing an exam, or getting a degree. Worst of all, no instruction manual comes with the kids. You certainly wouldn't buy a refrigerator or computer that came with so little back-up information.

Self-injury Concern
Symptoms include refusal to wear shorts or short sleeve shirts, frequent "accidents" leaving bruises or scratches, increased secrecy, isolation and withdrawal. If you see any indication that your child may be involved, or tempted to be involved, in this type of activity please contact your pediatrician or medical insurance immediately. For families without medical coverage, or wanting a local counseling clinic,

Discovery Counseling Center (downtown Danville) has counseling services available at 837-0505.
This web site is for general information only so do not substitute these informational sources for immediate professional help.  

Article on Cutting

Anti-Bullying Resources

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Anti-Bullying Network
Bullying.ORG
Bully Advice for Kids
Get Your ANGRIES Out
No Bully 4 Kids

Preventing Bullying And Harassment (a learning resource for teachers and students)

 

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