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School Counseling Internship Fall 2012
Transcript of School Counseling Internship Fall 2012
Some of the work I've accomplished, and some memorable experiences...
My name is Ashley Robinson and I am a Senior here at Roberts Wesleyan College. This semester, I had the opportunity to partake in an internship course. I was assigned to Village Elementary School and work under the guidance of two school counselors. Throughout this entire experience, not only have I grasped the concept of what a school counselor is at an elementary level, but I've been able to deepen my decision to pursue a career in the field.
What is a School Counselor?
What does a School Counselor do at an Elementary level?
At Village Elementary School...
One task that School Counselors do is create and organize class lessons. At the request of teachers, as well as connecting with the students, school counselors teach a myriad of topics such as bullying, tattling, following directions, and feelings.
Read a story
Do an activity with students to apply the lesson of the day.
Outside of the Guidance Office, there's usually a bulletin board that school counselors use to display monthly messages to the school. I was in charge of creating and putting together the board each month:
One of the coolest things that I got to be a part of was being involved in the classroom settings. A first grade teacher needed some assistance with her very active class so I was volunteered to help her out. At first I wasn't sure if this was part of being a school counselor, but I quickly figured out why I was given the task to help.
I had the rare opportunity to sit in a 504 meeting. A 504 is a code the schools use when a student with a physical or emotional disability, or who is recovering from a chemical dependency, or who has an impairment (i.e. Attention Deficit Disorder) that restricts one or more major life activities. This is a meeting that consists of the child's parents, the child's counselor, and the teacher. For me, I got to sit in one where they collaborated together and develop a plan for the student so that they would be more efficient in school and to help them with their impairment/disability.
Preparations for the Internship:
From the Classroom to Application:
One of the principles that I saw played out was active listening skills that were displayed by both the counselors. They each used S.O.L.E.R. , which is a technique used by counselors to display active listening ("Taft college," 2011).
S. SIT squarely at an angle to the client
O. Maintain an OPEN posture at all times, not crossing your arms or legs
which can appear defensive
L. LEAN slightly in towards the client
E. Maintain EYE CONTACT with the client without staring
R. RELAX. This should in turn help the client to relax as well.
Keep an open-mind.
Be respectful and apply yourself.
Take note of how the professionals apply the theories and skills you've acquired in classes.
Make copies of brochures, worksheets, etc (upon permission); you can use them to build up a portfolio.
As of right now, I just finished applying to the School Counseling Program at Roberts Wesleyan College, and during the break, I'll be wrapping up my Statement of Purpose for the application.
While I wait for my application to be processed, next semester I plan on applying to become a Substitute Teacher. From there, I'll be able to continue working with children and young adults.
Know where your planning on going.
Follow up with the internship site (i.e. the supervisor).
Decide which internship you would like to do (90 hrs or 120 hrs). This will help you know how to formulate your schedule around the internship.
Make sure you have the appropriate work attire for the internship.
The Three-Stage Model:
Exploration, Insight, and Action
While in the internship, I've had many opportunities to sit in on individual counseling. Along with S.O.L.E.R., I was able to see the three-stage model play out.
A new way of teaching students new skills is through Skillstreaming in Early Childhood Skills Cards. I had the opportunity to use these cards with a student that receives a new skill each week.
Check-in and Check-out
Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America.
The Check In Check Out program is sometimes referred to as the Behavior Education Program (BEP). Students are presented with daily/weekly goals and then receive frequent feedback on meeting the goals throughout the day.
The exploration stage is based on client-centered theory, and aims to help clients explore their thoughts and feelings.
The insight stage, which is based on psychodynamic theory, involves helping clients understand the reasons for their thoughts and feelings.
The action stage, based on behavioral theory, centers on helping clients make desired changes in their lives.
This model emphasizes a number of themes, including empathy, collaboration with the client throughout therapy, cultural considerations, and a focus on what the individual client needs.
A school counselor is a counselor and an educator who works in elementary, middle, and high schools to provide academic, career, college access, and personal/social competencies to K-12 students.
According to the American School Counselor Association, Elementary School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by Providing:
("American school counselor," 2010).
Individual and small-group counseling
Individual/family/school crisis intervention
Consultation, collaboration and teaming
Program management and operation
School Guidance Curriculum
Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
Goal setting and decision-making
Career awareness, exploration and planning
Education on understanding self and others
Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
Substance abuse education
Individual student planning
Goal setting/decision- making
Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
There are two female school counselors that work with the students, together, as well as the rest of the staff. They each have about 500 students each.
American school counselor association. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=230
Myers, D. G. (2010). Social psychology. (10th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
This is a great example of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT uses enactive performance-based procedures and structured sessions, as well as strategies designed to produce changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior. Based on the social learning theory, “the child’s appraisal of the situation or context will influence his/her behavior and emotion. This, in turn, shapes the context or situation” (Myers, 2010).
Taft college. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.taft.cc.ca.us/lrc/class/assignments/actlisten.html
Hill, C. (2010). Helping skills. (3rd ed., Vol. 1). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.