Welcome to the School Counselor webpage. My
name is Valecia Noland and I am the school counselor here at Jessup Elementary. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the roles and
responsibilities of a school counselor.
school counselors, formerly referred to as “guidance counselors,” are
professional educators who have a master’s degree or higher in school counseling
and are certified or licensed by the state in which they work. Professional
school counselors possess the qualifications and skills necessary to address the
full array of students’ academic, personal, social and career development
needs. (“What is a School Counselor: A
Resource Guide for Parents and Students from the ACA
Does A School Counselor Provide?
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.
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 5-7 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the
students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and
loss, study skills and anger management.
A process that includes
teaching developmental skills using age appropriate classroom based lessons.
Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include:
- conflict resolution
- study skills
- anger management
- career awareness
- friendship/social skills
- goal setting/decision-making
This process affects our entire
school community. These school-wide events support:
- Academic achievement
- PBIS (Positive Behavioral
Interventions and Supports),
- Community service
- School spirit
- A safe learning