Responsibilities
Some people may wonder "What exactly does an elementary school counselor do?"  Many of us did not grow up having a counselor in our elementary school, so it is hard to imagine how an elementary school counselor spends his/ her day.  To help answer this question I have listed below many, though not all, of my responsibilities at W.D. Williams Elementary School:
 
  • Provide short-term individual counseling to students for normal developmental issues 
  • Refer to community mental health agencies, as needed
  • Work with community agencies to help provide referred students with additional support at school; consultation with personnel
  • Offer counseling group to students who may share the same concerns (example - friendships)
  • Consult with teachers
  • Consult with parents
  • Offer support at teacher/ parent meetings
  • Help connect families with community resources
  • Coordinate the Manna Backpack program, as well as our own school pantry, to help support food insecure students
  • Chairperson of the K - 2 T.I.P.S. Committee - this committee, which is made up of teachers across grade levels/ disciplines, helps to put interventions in place for students needing extra support
  • Chairperson of C.H.A.P.S. (Child Help and Parent Support) - this committee, which consists of our administration and student support personnel, helps to support our families and students various services
  • Chairperson of P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)
  • Member of the School Crisis Team
  • Sponsor of the Student Council
  • Teach classroom guidance lessons for kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Offer school tours to prospective W.D. families
  • Serve as a liaison to community organizations that assist our school, such as Hand in Hand and the Black Mountain Rotary Club
  • Coordinate with C.A.P.S. (Child Abuse Prevention Services) for K - 5 safety and abuse prevention lessons
  • Assist 5th graders with transition to middle school by coordinating meetings and tours
  • Health Fair coordinator
  • School liaison for Kids on Campus/ Big Brothers/ Big Sisters programs
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