Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my child miss class to speak with the counselor?


Not necessarily. Frequently, meetings take place at lunch/recess. However, if this is not possible, every effort is made to coordinate convenient times with the classroom teacher.

If my child visits with the counselor, should I be concerned that there is a problem?


The counseling program at GMES is designed to benefit ALL students. All students are given the opportunity to come visit with me, if there is a need. Parent/Gaurdian contact is one of my first actions when significant concerns arise at school. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's behavior, achievement, and/or school activities, please don't hesitate to contact the counselor or other school personel. 


How can my child see the counselor?


Referrals to the school counselor come from a variety of sources, including:


  • Teacher
  • Principal
  • School nurse
  • Child Assist Team (CAT)
  • Parent(s)/Guardian(s)


What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?

*Individual Counseling: A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.

*Small Group Counseling: A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 5-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.

*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling: A process that requires the School Counselor to develop and implement K-5 classroom curriculum. This K-5 curriculum addresses personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. 

What programs does the school counselor at GMES support?

  • Development, implementation, and monitoring of behavior plans
  • PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • Education that is Multicultural
  • Schoolwide Developmental Classroom Counseling Program
  • Steps to Respect, Bully-Prevention/Intervention Program
  • Social/Emotional Learning/Character Development 
  • Parent-partnerships: conferencing, resourcing

What types of activities does the school counselor at GMES typically use?

  • Ice-Breaker Exercises
  • Art, Play and Literature
  • Conflict-Resolution
  • Video-clip discussion/analysis
  • Role Plays
  • Therapeutic Games
  • Active Listening Skill-Development
  • Classroom Counseling Programs and Games
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