THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S ROLE:
School Counselors collaborate with faculty members, parents, and the community to help students have a more positive and successful school experience. The primary focus of the school counseling and guidance program at the elementary level is prevention. School Counselors work with ALL students and our goal is to help empower students with self-knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, and coping strategies for the issues that elementary children typically face.
There are many reasons for children to seek out their school counselor. Many personal and school related problems can have a direct impact on a child’s ability to learn. School counselors provide a safe and confidential environment for all students to help facilitate their academic and social success.
As professional school counselors, our goal is to maintain strict confidentiality when it comes to students and parents at Gillis Elementary School. All meetings held with the school counselor will remain confidential unless students or parents give permission to share information with related parties (i.e., teachers, principals, etc.).
However, circumstances do arise when we must disclose information to appropriate professionals based on Louisiana State law and CPSB District Policy. Our ultimate goal is to keep all children at Gillis Elementary safe from harm. Reasons for reporting include the following: student in danger of harming self, student in danger of harming others, student in danger of being harmed by others.
Gillis School Counselors perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, & person/social domains:
- Individual Counseling
- Classroom Guidance
- Attend and Participate in Academic Intervention Meetings
- Organize and Administer Testing
- Observe Students in Various School Environments
- Consult and Collaborate with Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Social Workers, and Students
- Respond to School Crises or Emergency Situations
- Provide Information and Resources to Parents on a Variety of Issues