School Counselor

School Counselor

KOSD School Counseling Program

KOSD School-Counseling Department Mission Statement:

The mission of Keystone Oaks School District counseling program is to foster academic, career, and personal/social development of all students in grades K-12. The program will support life-long learning in an ever-changing, global society and promote college and career readiness. The school counselor serves an an advocate for students and as a partner with teachers, parents, and the community. 

What is Elementary School Counseling?

Elementary school counseling describes a comprehensive, developmental and systematic program of services based on national standards offered to children in the school environment. Services are provided by a state-certified, professionally trained school counselor. Program services focus on improving developmental and situational concerns related to learning. (Myrick, 1997; Gladding, 2000; ASCA, 2005)

School Counseling Services Available

Classroom Guidance Lessons:

Through out the course of the year, Mr. Hanna conducts developmentally appropriate school counseling guidance lessons in the classroom. These lessons last for about 30 minutes and meet the American School Counselor Association's National Standards for student competency. Each month, a theme is chosen and a lesson is taught that corresponds with that theme. A counseling lesson may include an active learning activity, technology, arts and crafts, games and/or the use of visuals. **The guidance curriculum works to meet the academic, career, and personal/social needs of ALL students.**

Small Group Activities:

Small group activities may be utilized when identified students have a common need that maybe creating a barrier to learning and/or academic success. Small groups are made up of 2-6 students and take place at non-academic times during the school day (i.e. Lunch, recess, intervention time, etc). Possible small group activities may focus on social skills, learning to make and keep friends, grief and loss, divorce, organization, self-control, or self-esteem. **Students will be admitted into a small group only once a need is identified and parental permission is granted.**

Individual Services:

Day-to-day individual responsive services are available to meet the needs of your child. The school counseling office is a safe space for your child to come and talk freely and feel listened to. It is important to recognize that this is not therapy but a place within the school setting in which your child can talk in confidence about their personal struggles regarding behavior, classroom/academic pressures, problems at home, and/or struggles with friends. Students are told that "What you say in here, stays in here". There are three exceptions to this rule 1) If someone is hurting you, 2) You are hurting yourself, or 3) If you plan to hurt someone else. In one of those three cases, confidentiality will be broken in order to get your child the help they need. This understanding between your child and myself, helps to build trust and create a therapeutic relationship.

Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP)

Keystone Oaks Elementary Schools have set up "safety nets" to help students through many problems that can occur through the educational process. One such safety net is the Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP), which is designed to help students whose academic progress or behaviors have become a concern to teachers in the classroom.

The ESAP team,which consists of teachers, counselors, specialists, and principals, comes together to discuss the problem that exists and suggests ways for the student and their families to deal with these problems. The team will create a plan that will enable students to be more successful in school. Any information that is discussed by the team will remain confidential.

Students are referred to the program by teachers, counselors, administrators, or parents. The program does not diagnose or treat students. The members have been trained by a state provider and certified by the state to make recommendations based upon the factual data collected in school. Throughout the process, parents will play a vital role in providing data as well as the implementation of plans to help the student reach his/her potential.

Counseling Resources

School Counseling Contact:
Mr. Ed Hanna
Dormont Elementary School Counselor 
Hanna@kosd.org
 
Suzanne Lochie
Director of Pupil Services
Lochie@kosd.org 
 
Community Counseling Resources:
Chartier's Community Mental Health Center
412-221-3302
 
Familylinks
412-343-7166
 
Intercare Psychatric Services
412-831-0355
 
Mercy Behavioral Health
412-831-0355
 
STAR Center at Western Psychiatric Hospital
412-246-5619
 
Emergency Resources
 
Resolve Crisis Network
1-888-796-8226
 
Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
1-888-907-5437
 
Western Pennsylvania Institute & Clinic
412-642-2000
 
 Website Resources
 
For Anxiety:
www.kidshealth.org
www.worrywisekids.org
 
For Bullying:
www.stopbullying.gov
www.pacer.org/bullying
 
For Grief/Divorce:
www.highmarkcaringplace.com
www.iamachilddivorce.com
 
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