• Philosophy:
    The philosophy of the counseling program in the School District of the Chathams is that school counseling is an essential, integral part of the educational process.  Counselors provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.  As student advocates, counselors recognize the uniqueness, dignity and personal worth of each individual.  In an interactive process, the counselor facilitates student academic achievement.  Counselors work collaboratively with students, parents, educators and community members to support each student's ability to contribute at the highest level as productive members of society. 
    Counseling Services:
    Individual Sessions
    There are times when children need one-on-one time with me to help them solve problems, manage their anger and anxiety, cope with divorce or the loss of a family member. If you think that your child could benefit from this service, please contact me. Before meeting with your child, we will discuss your child’s history and your current concerns. At that point if individual services are the best way to help your child, I will inform your child’s teacher and together we come up with a time that I can see him/her. All conversations are kept confidential.
    Small group learning supports and enhances the development of personal and social skills and promotes educational success. Research has shown that small groups provide not only additional social-emotional learning experiences but also allow the students a chance to belong, a chance to express themselves, and a chance to benefit from the support of group members. 
    There are a variety of groups that are offered to children. (on an as-needed basis)
    Social Skills groups  target a variety of social skills including: joining in a group, ignoring distractions, conversation skills, listening, and more. The objectives on the group are decided through discussions with teachers and principal. The sessions usually last for 8 weeks, but at times can longer depending on the nature of the group. Groups are limited to no more than 6 children and can be either all girls, all boys, or a mixture.  Parents will receive permission slips prior to the start of a group.
    Anxiety Groups (Butterflies) helps students understand and manage anxiety.  Students will learn how to identify their feelings, anxiety triggers and coping and calming skills.
    Divorce Groups (FISH)  are for children whose parents have been or are getting divorced. This is a peer support group to help children cope with issues related to separation and divorce. Children who participate realize they share similar feelings with each other because of their circumstances, and that they are not alone as they go through these experiences.
    Whole Class Lessons
    Bucket Fillers Program/ Monthly Character Traits
    Each month focuses on a specific character trait and lessons are presented with the central theme of our monthly trait. The counselor visits every classroom to teach the character trait lesson and do activities to reinforce the bucket fillers theme.