Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students' immediate needs and concerns. Individual counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves by putting a note in the counselors' mailboxes or asking their teacher if they can see a counselor. The parent/guardian of a child, teacher, administrator, or Intervention Assistance Team may also refer a student. The counselor assesses the student to determine if he/she could benefit from counseling at school. If the counselor feels she can assist the student and determines ongoing counseling (more than 3 sessions) is appropriate, written permission is obtained from a parent/guardian. Counseling is not recorded in a child's cumulative folder.
School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature. A variety of techniques are used depending on the concern including active listening, bibliocounseling, artwork, modeling, scaling, board games, and role play. During the 2014-15 school year, the counselors met with 155 students (28% of student body) for individual counseling (average number of sessions per student was 6); 49 students were seen for crisis response (1-3 sessions). If a student needs ongoing therapy, the school counselor will facilitate a referral to an outside mental health provider.