Chelsea Heights School Counseling
Hello Chelsea Heights students, staff, and families!
My name is Jacob Blum, and I am your School Counselor! 2022-23 will be my fourth year at Chelsea Heights, and my fifth year as a counselor with SPPS. I'm very excited to be back with you all!
During my time at Chelsea Heights, I have seen time and time again how strong of a community we have. I could not be more proud to work with such an experienced, knowledgeable, creative, and effective team of teachers and staff members. I'm looking forward to supporting our students and families and making sure all of our students have the academic and social emotional skills they need to succeed!
What is School Counseling?
A School Counselor is a certified/licensed educator that is uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a school counseling program. School Counselors focus efforts on addressing the academic growth, social/emotional development, and career awareness of all students through classroom lessons, small group facilitation, and individual counseling sessions. School counselors can also help educate parents and familes, and aid in navigating through resources available to our students within the community.
What does School Counseling look like at Chelsea Heights?
Classroom Lessons: Each classroom will receive bi-weekly, 20 minute lessons beginning in October and continuing through the school year. I strive to make these lessons relevant, engaging, and fun for students and teachers alike. My lessons are aligned with the SPPS Core Counseling Curriculum and are designed to meet district learning targets. Topics of classroom lessons include: bully prevention, academic skills, conflict resolution, personal safety, career exploration, communication strategies, and team-building.
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling sessions will run throughout the year. Small groups typically meet weekly for eight weeks. Small groups are a great way to connect students with similar needs, and are a practical and effective way to build skills. Topics of small groups include: grief & loss, academic support, creating a growth mindset, friendship building, and family change, among many other topics. Students can be referred for small group counseling by families or by classroom teachers.
Individual Counseling Sessions: One-on-One counseling support is available for any student who needs it. Individual counseling topics may include: academic concerns, getting along with peers, navigating family change, creating a growth mindset, making positive choices, or other skill-building work. Students seeking individual support can self-refer, or I will also take student referrals from family members or classroom teachers. Please keep in mind that while the individual counseling work I do with students IS confidential, it IS NOT therapy. I take a brief, solution-focused approach to my individual work with students so that they can minimize the time spent outside of their classroom learning environment.
About Mr. Blum
Mr. Blum is an Iowa native currently living in Minneapolis. I attended the University of Minnesota and received my M.A. from the Educational Psychology department’s Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology program in 2018. Prior to that, I attended Iowa State University, receiving my B.S. in Child, Adult, & Family Services in 2015. Even as an Iowa transplant, I have slowly but surely come to know the Twin Cities as ‘home.’ When not at school, I spend my time exploring and enjoying everything Minnesota has to offer. I enjoy hiking, camping, golfing, attending concerts, painting, reading, and playing with my cat, Pico. My door is always open, and I look forward to getting to know our students and families this year!
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