Role of the Counselor

  • Wright City West Elementary Counseling Program
    Today's youth are growing up in an exciting ever changing time. They have technology never seen before available at their fingertips and opportunities are endless. As they grow in a diverse society it is our job to prepare them to be the next generation of leaders, workers, neighbors and future parents. In order to reach their academic potential the counseling program provides students with support during a time of rapid emotional, intellectual and physical growth. At this age, children develop their sense of self confidence and ability from an academic standpoint. At West Elementary we work as a team to help build children's confidence as learners in order for them to reach their academic potential with a strong foundation to proceed to higher levels of learning. In addition, we work to enhance their growth in areas of communication, character values, peer relationships and decision making skills. We do this through education, prevention and intervention services in the best interest of the child.

    Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, school counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children achieve academic success. The professional elementary school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

    Areas of Focus In Our Counseling Program

    Guidance Curriculum
    • Goal setting and decision-making
    • Career awareness, exploration and planning
    • Education on understanding self and others
    • Self Esteem and coping skills
    • Empathy 
    • Peer relationships and effective social skills
    • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
    • Multicultural/diversity awareness
    Responsive Services
    • Individual and small-group counseling
    • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
    • Conflict resolution
    • Consultation/collaboration
    • Referrals
    System Support
    • Professional development
    • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
    • Program management and operation
    source : American School Counselors Association