Counseling Department

Grades 6-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is School Counseling?

           

Our grades 6-12 counseling program is a sequential, planned program that is both developmental and proactive.  Counseling is the process by which clients are assisted in making decisions and changing behaviors.  Counselors work with students, parents, and community members.  School counselors work to serve all students so that all students are successful in their academic achievement, their personal and social growth, and their career planning.  Counselors serve as advocates for their students as well as collaborative members of the educational team to seek solutions to help each student achieve his/her potential and to promote the academic mission of the school.

 

 

What is the Role of the School Counselor?

 

The role of the school counselor is to support and enhance learning and to serve as the focal point of all the participants involved with the students education by

 

v    Serving as an advocate for the student

v    Promoting academic success

v    Collaborating with teachers, administrators, parents, school resources, and community opportunities

v    Assisting students with transitional tasks

v    Assisting transfer students in their transition through information and support

v    Providing curriculum planning so that each student is able to meet his/her educational and career goals

v    Coordinating therapeutic and educational services

v    Serving as a liaison to teachers and post secondary institutions

v    Pursuing professional development opportunities


What are the Counseling Services?

 

 

v    Counsel individuals

v    Counsel small groups

v    Teach classroom guidance lessons

v    Confer with parents

v    Consult and collaborate with school personnel and community resources

v    Coordinate services

v    Coordinate and administer testing programs

v    Interpret assessments

v    Teach career education

v    Serve on Child Study, CSE, and PPS committees

v    504 Coordination

v    Coordinate ELL and course scheduling

v    Assist with crisis intervention

v    Serve as a resource for parents

v    Conduct school-wide programs specific to individual schools and/or student needs

v    Coordinate enrollment and orientation services

v    Provide transition services

v    Assist in counseling aspect of discipline

 

 

Student Guidance Goals Grades 6-12

 

Academic Development:

      To acquire the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors contributing to life-long learning.

      To organize and apply academic information from a variety of sources

      To complete schools with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of post-secondary education, training, and career options

      To understand how academics are applicable to all aspects of their life: work, home, community

 

Personal/Social Development:

      To help students acquire the knowledge, attitude, and interpersonal skills so that they understand and respect others

      To make decisions, set goals, and take necessary action to achieve goals

      To develop life skills for personal growth

 

 

 

Career Development:

      To explore the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions

      To develop and investigate strategies to achieve future career goals

      To understand the relationships among personal qualities, education, and the world of work

 


Grade 6 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling theme: Orientation and Transition to Middle School for Students and Parents

 

Through a series of panel discussions, including evening parent meetings for each individual elementary school, counselor visitations to the elementary schools, and fifth grade visitations to the middle school, the counseling program provides a comprehensive overview of the middle school mission statement.  During the school year, counselors conduct classroom activities as well as small group sessions, to begin to familiarize students with the guidance program, and to address topics relevant to their transition to the middle school.


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Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

      Identify attitudes and behaviors that lead to successful learning

      Develop age appropriate study habits and organizational skills

      Accept mistakes as essential to the learning process

      Academic program planning

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Demonstrate cooperative  behavior in groups

      Understand that communication involves speaking, listening and non-verbal behavior

      Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior

      Comprehend consequences of decisions and choices

      Apply conflict resolution to everyday problems

      Develop coping skills

 

Career Development:

      Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams

      Learn to make decisions

      Learn to set goals


Grade 7 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling theme:  Empowerment and Self Awareness in Social Relationships Planning for Differentiated Academic Placement

 

      Through a series of workshops and small group sessions utilizing the Empowerment curriculum, including a full-day Wellness Program and an overnight experience at Sharpe Reservation, the counseling department works with students to address topics of self-awareness, empowerment and the power of positive, supportive relationships.  The topic of harassment is addressed in a workshop presented to all seventh grade students.

      In addition, counselors administer standardized testing to all seventh grade students, and those results are interpreted and reviewed, along with academic achievement, to determine academic placement for the eighth grade program.

 

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Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

      Apply time management and task management skills

      Use communication skills to know when and how to ask for help when needed

      Understanding the relationship between classroom performance and success in school

      Academic program planning, including assessment for honors placement

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Identify values, attitudes and beliefs

      Identify and discuss changing personal and social roles

      Identify and recognize changing family roles

      Recognize and respect individual difference

      Understand that change is a part of growth

      Identify and express feelings

      Practice effective communication skills

 

Career Development:

      Understand the importance of planning

      Utilize and task management skills

      Comprehension of the importance of responsibility, dependability, integrity, teamwork and problem solving

 

 

                       


Grade 8 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling theme:  Mapping the future through Self Assessment, High School Planning, and the Introduction to the Process of Career Exploration

 

            Through a series a classroom presentations, utilizing college and career assessment tools, students explore the college and career decision making process by identifying personal goals, work-related values, interests and personality type.

 

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Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

      Knowledge of academic strengths and interests

      Understand academic requirements in high school and beyond

      Identify post-secondary options consistent with achievement aptitude and abilities

      Understand how school success and academic achievement enhance future academic and career opportunities

      Academic program planning

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Identify alternative ways of achieving personal goals

      Demonstrate the ability to set boundaries, rights and personal privacy

      Learn how to cope with peer pressure

      Reinforce positive coping skills for dealing with problems

 

Career Development:

      Identify personal preferences and interests influencing career choice and success

      Use research and information resources to obtain career information

      Learn to use the Internet to access career planning information

      Demonstrate the knowledge of the career planning process

      Apply decision making skill to career planning, high school course selection and career transition

 


Grade 9 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling theme:  Orientation and Transition to High School for Students and Parents

 

            Through a series of group meetings with counselors, students and parents gain a broad overview of high school expectations, academic requirements, and strategies for success.

 

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Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

      Orientation and information for transfer student

      Orientation to high school and counseling services

      Identify students in need of Academic Intervention Services

      Understand high school transcript and graduation requirements

      Promote awareness and participation in school activities

      Explore academic enrichment programs

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Increased self-awareness and self-acceptance

      Comprehension of and respect for others in order to communicate in appropriate ways

      Continued development of decision-making and goal-setting skills

      Development of increased self-control and responsibility

      Increased cooperative behavior in groups and activities

      Ability to identify and appropriately express feelings

      Accountability to self and others

      Assist students with development of coping skills and resiliency

 

Career Development:

      Positive attitude toward work and learning

      Comprehension of the importance of course selection relative to potential career interests

      Identify personal interests and abilities as it relates to careers


Grade 10 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling Theme:  Career Exploration

 

            Through self-analysis and personal exploration, students gain an understanding of their interests, abilities and aptitudes in relation to career choices and post high school plans.

 

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Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

      Identify students in need of Academic Intervention Services

      Review Diploma requirements

      Orientation and information for transfer students

      Curriculum Planning

      Individual Academic Counseling

      Credit verification

      Understand the high school transcript and graduation requirements

      Orientation to the PSAT

      Explore academic summer enrichment programs

      Planning for the future

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Assist students in developing coping skills and resiliency

      Increased self-awareness and self-acceptance

      Comprehension of and respect for others in order to communicate in appropriate ways

      Continued development of decision making and goal setting skills

      Development of increased self-control and responsibility

      Increased cooperative behavior in groups

      Ability to identify and appropriately express feelings

      Encouragement of community involvement

      Accountability to self and others

 

Career Development:

      Foster a positive attitude towards work and learning

      Career exploration

      Comprehension of the importance of course selection relative to technical instruction and career interests

      Career assessment screening

      Introduction to opportunities at SWBOCES


Grade 11 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling Theme:  Post High School Planning

 

      Through student/parent planning meetings, PSAT review and analysis, evening programs, and individual counseling sessions; students examine personal interests and talents and their implications for life after high school.

 

*****

Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

Academic Development:

       Time management skills

       Graduation requirements

       Curriculum planning

       Individual academic counseling

       Credit verification

       College entrance exams and other requirements

       Junior Future Planning/development of post high school plans

       Orientation for transfer students

       Explore academic enrichment programs

       Test interpretation

       Financial aid

       Self efficacy as it relates to post HS choices

       Comprehensive self assessment (Student Activity Profile)

       Exploration of college search technology

 

Personal/Social Development:

       Increased self awareness and self acceptance

       Continued development of decision making and goal setting skills

       Development of increased self-control and responsibility

       Increased cooperative behavior in groups

       Ability to identify and appropriately express feelings

       Encouragement of school and community involvement

       Accountability to self and others

       Continued development of appropriate communication skills

       Assist students with development of coping skills and resiliency

 

Career Development:

       Comprehension of the importance of course selection relative to career interests

       Career Exploration

       College Night

       College/post secondary education information

       Potential enrollment in technical center program of study

       Exploration of computer career resources

 

 

Grade 12 Counseling Goals

 

 

Counseling theme:  Continued post high school planning and transition.

 

            Through individual meetings, information sessions, transition programs for both students and parents, the Counseling Department provides a comprehensive post high school planning process.

 

*****

Along with the above stated theme, our counseling program utilizes various counseling services to help students work toward achieving the following goals:

 

 

Academic Development:

      Identify students in need of AIS

      Time Management skills

      Graduation and Diploma requirements

      Individual academic counseling

      Credit Verification

      Review of post secondary plans

      Exploration of further educational opportunities

      Scholarship/financial aid exploration

      Orientation and information for transfer students

      Awareness of College Entrance Examinations and other requirements

 

Personal/Social Development:

      Increased self-awareness and self-acceptance

      Continued development of decision making and goal setting skills

      Development of increased self-control and responsibility

      Encouragement of community and school involvement

      Use of community resources

      Accountability to self and others

      Use of appropriate communication skills

      Development of transitional skills needed for post-secondary success

      Assist students with development of coping skills and resiliency

 

Career Development:

      College/Technical school/Military information

      Potential enrollment in technical center program of study

      Exploration of computer career resources