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2014-2015 School Counseling Year in Review

Here you will find a summary of the counseling services provided to students at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, NC.
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Transcript of 2014-2015 School Counseling Year in Review

Quick Overview
73 students in small group counseling
124 students seen; 12 students in individual counseling
473 students received classroom based counseling
24 students referred to school based therapy
13 students with a Section 504 plan
251 crisis interventions
61 families contacted
81 contacts by phone
37 contacts in person
The school counseling program advocates for students’ success using a strengths based, solution focused approach by collaborating with teachers, staff, parents/guardians, and the community.

I am here to support the academic, career, and personal and social development of
all
our global scholars at Ira B. Jones Elementary School!

Inspiring today's kids for tomorrow's world!

I strongly believe kids want and need to be involved. They want to feel connected, to be a part of something; to have a group, team, or club that is theirs.

I believe with attention, unconditional positive regard, a safe and nurturing environment, one with opportunities for fun, kids can become great successes. They can flourish with the proper boundaries, expectations, and space that will allow for them to grow emotionally, academically, and even physically!
School Counseling Program
Classroom-based Counseling
Monthly character traits:
September -
Responsibility
October -
Courage
November -
Good Judgement
December/January -
Integrity
February -
Respect
March -
Kindness
April -
Self-discipline
May -
Perseverance

Classroom-based counseling:
Character education lessons
were provided as part of the
specialist schedule for classes in grades 1-2.

The Second Step, Violence Prevention Curriculum, was provided for all Kindergarten classes.
Classroom-based Counseling
Grades 3-5 signed up for mini lessons on monthly character traits and/or a topic pertinent to their individual class needs.

2013-2014 school year classes 3-5 received classroom-based counseling services 15 times.

2014-2015 school
year classes 3-5 received classroom-based counseling lessons 76 times.

grade 3 - 25 visits
grade 4 - 30 visits
grade 5 - 17 visits
Small Group Counseling
# of groups: 20
# of students served: 73
# of small group sessions: 63

group topic # of sessions

Social Skills/Conflict Resolution 9
Anger Management 12
Stress/Anxiety 7
Resiliency 6
Self-esteem 16
Friendship Skills 13


2014-2015 Year in Review
Ira B. Jones Elementary School
Asheville, NC
Grade Levels: K-5
Enrollment: 473
School Year: 2014-2015
Principal: Sarah Cain
School Counselor: Rachel Herrick, MA, NCC

Students identified by their teachers and/or parents as in need of some additional social skill support participated in small groups organized primarily by grade and area of need. Groups met during lunch for a minimum of 4 sessions and ranged from 3-6 participants in each group.
Small Group Counseling

Anxiety
Communication/Conflict Resolution
Counselor Introduction
Cyber-bullying
Gossip and Rumors
Impulse Control
Mindfulness
Monthly Character Traits
Team Building/Cooperation
Testing Anxiety
Tolerance
Individual Counseling
251 crisis interventions/breaks
112 students seen
23 students w/ 3+ visits
12 students scheduled
Students identified by their teachers and/or parents as in need of additional social/emotional support were referred for individual counseling. Upon receiving referrals, I met with students to determine urgency of support. Students were either seen by me individually, checked-in with, referred to School-based therapy (Family Preservation Services, FPS), or were supported through a small group format. Parents were notified of individual counseling services and in some cases referrals for outside agencies and therapists were offered. In collaboration with the School Interventionist, a calming space for breaks was created in the Student Services Suite and used frequently. The Interventionist has documented 120 breaks she helped to support in addition to the 251 I assisted with.
Mid-year assessment
20 staff members completed a mid-year assessment and agree or strongly agree to the following:

90%
understand the School Counselor's (SC) role.
90%
believe the SC helps students to develop socially and emotionally.
60%
believe the program helps enhance academic achievement of all students.
95%
believe the SC provides important services to students.
85%
believe the SC has worked with teachers to provide classroom based counseling.
90%
feel comfortable collaborating with the SC to help students.
Areas of Improvement
Communication with teachers on individual goals for students seen
Communication of schedule for small groups
Fine tune data collection for classroom based lessons and small groups
Looking Ahead
Collaborate once a month with K-2 and 3-5 teachers to hear about student concerns/problems.
Create a schedule where teachers can be a part of classroom based counseling (ie: visit each class, K-5, once a month on character trait, and more as needed/as indicated by SWIS data and/or teacher/administration recommendations).
Continue to make and strengthen connections with parents and outside agencies.
Participate in a school based racial equity team.
Fine tune data collection for small group and classroom counseling services.
Create a monthly newsletter and/or continue to submit to the PTO newsletter to communicate with parents on school counseling program.
Support more whole school initiatives in collaboration with the PBIS team (ie: Red Ribbon Week; No Name Calling Week; Kindness Week; etc.)
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