Elementary School Counseling Program Overview
The Elementary School Counseling aims at fostering students’ social, emotional and personal growth at each stage of their development along with essential learning in school. It is achieved by providing individual consultation and counseling, classroom guidance, assessment and crisis intervention and by coordinating student services and providing support for both teachers and parents. The Counselors maintain an open-door policy and are often able to accommodate individuals on a drop-in basis.
The role of the Elementary School Counselor at ISM is varied:
The Counselor is the first contact new students and families have with the elementary school during the initial interview when applying to ISM. This meeting is an opportunity for the Counselors to get to know the student better before placing them in their new class. It is also an opportunity for parents to share useful information about their child, and to ask any questions about the Elementary School Program.
Working with Students
Over the course of the school year Counselors interact with students in a variety of settings. The main focus of the Counselor is to support the social, emotional and behavioral needs of children in collaboration with parents, teachers, and other related professionals. Counselors are involved in individual counseling aimed at assisting students with problems arising from academic, social, personal, or family conflicts. Group and classroom sessions intend to help students gain insight into behaviors, understand attitudes, interests and capabilities, and learn how to make intelligent decisions. The Elementary Counselors are also members of the Learning Support Resource Team which works to assists students with special learning needs.
Working with Teachers and Parents
Counselors work with teachers and parents in a collaborative approach to find the most effective methods to help each child reach his/her personal potential. Always operating with the best interest of the student in mind, we work together to help each child achieve academic and social success.
Parent Presentations and Workshops
Parent presentations and workshops are given on a wide array of educational and developmental issues designed to help parents become familiar with special topics of interest, and our programs and services, all with the aim of better serving each child and strengthening the bond between home and school.