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Counseling Services

An elementary counselor’s job has many parts! The counselor meets with students, in the classroom, individually, in groups, and with their parents and/or teachers. The counselor also helps families and students in need to connect with community agencies. Below is some information about the counseling programs available at Belfair Elementary:

 

 
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Classroom Lessons:
 
During the school year, I visit classrooms to teach students social skills. Some topics include: Personal Safety, preventing bullying,  Kelso's Choices(strategies for solving small problems), Peace Table (a method for social problem-solving), and managing conflict.  You may contact the counselor and she will walk you through the Kelso curriculum.
 
Individual Counseling:
 
I meet with students individually at the request of a parent or classroom teacher. Students see me for variety personal, social, and academic reasons. I try to meet the immediate needs of your child by listening to their concerns, helping them to problem solve the situation and set goals for success.
 
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Small Group Counseling:
 
I facilitate small counseling groups of 2-6 students that meet on a weekly basis certain skills or cope with major life transitions. These groups are formed when several students at the same grade level need help developing certain social skills or need help coping with a major life transition. Types of groups that have been available include: 
 
1. Banana Splits (divorce and separation coping skills)

2. Friendship Skills - Classroom Cooperation

3. K.L.U.E. (Drug abuse prevention)
 
 
4. Grief and Loss
 
 
 
Community Referrals:
 
Schools are a central resource for families in need to connect with those who can help. I assist families with young children to connect with counselors, social workers and family resource coordinators in the community.

 

 Other Counseling Programs:

 

Belfair Elementary Employment Agency (Student Jobs Program)

 

Students in grades 3-5 can apply for volunteer jobs at Belfair Elementary School. These jobs include (but are not limited to) delivering bus notes, raising the flag in the morning, helping to clean the lunch room, managing the lost and found, and assisting in the main office.

 

Teen Mentors

 

This is a grant-funded student support program at Belfair Elementary School. Every year, 10-15 elementary students are paired with North Mason High School student mentors. High school students who choose to become mentors go through a rigorous interview and selection process, including a day-long training.
 
Teen mentors spend an hour a week with their student “mentee” during school hours providing academic and emotional support. They work on homework or hobbies, play games, or just talk. Monthly adult-supervised activities with other mentors and mentees are also planned.
 
If you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns with your students, please feel free to contact Rebecca Roberts @ 360-277-2232.