Counseling & Mental Health
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WHAT Does the School Counselor Do at Sacajawea?
Direct student services including:
- Facilitate school-wide programs/activities/assemblies promoting academic & social-emotional development.
- Monthly classroom SEL (social-emotional-learning) lessons
- Small-group & 1:1 social skills instruction based on needs assessment.
- Responsive service – Provide behavior support / de-escalation strategies as needed.
- Individual student planning – Assist students in evaluating interests, abilities, skills, goal setting based on academic & social-emotional data.
- Individual or small group counseling – short-term & solution/goal-focused counseling. *School counselors do NOT provide therapy or long-term counseling; however are trained to recognize & respond to mental health needs making outside referrals when necessary.
Indirect student services including:
- Student Teacher Assistance Team (STAT) member- Provide consultation/share strategies supporting student achievement with teachers, other educators & parents.
- Designing behavior support plans in collaboration with teachers, students, & parents when needed.
- Guidance for students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information.
- 504 Plan Coordinator – Facilitate the referral process for students who may require an accommodation plan for academic and/or behavioral success.
How can you consult with one of Sacajawea's counselors and seek help for your child and/or family?
- Refer Yourself - Sacajawea Elementary School 2020-2021 Parent/Guardian Student Support Referral Form: https://forms.gle/iMMPQ2fZPFVwvNzE7
- Call us @ 509-967-6325. Our schedules can be very unpredictable and the likelihood of us sitting at our desks for longer than 15-minute periods is rare. We do, however, *have built in office hours daily between 1:15-2:15* during which you would have more success connecting with us. If you do not reach us, please leave a message and we assure you we will return your call as soon as possible.
- Email us – We check emails frequently and will respond as soon as possible. Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
- Arrange an appointment – ZOOM or In-Person. If you have a concern that requires more focused attention, scheduling a time to meet with one of us is the best way to assure your needs get the attention they deserve.
Tips for Parents
The American School Counselors Associations (ASCA) offers the following tips for making a connection with your child’s school counselor:
- Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns. As a parent, you know your child best. However, a school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help children navigate some of these issues.
- Learn about your child’s school and social connections. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance and dress, navigate the school calendar, and stay connected with the school in many other ways. School counselors also can help you locate resources in the community when you need them.
- Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it’s important to problem solve with his or her school counselor. You can discuss resources available both within and outside of the school and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child"s education and preparation for life beyond school.