School Counseling at Jie Ming
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 Jie Ming?
At Jie Ming, we want all students to be successful, happy, and able to achieve their goals. Our school counselor provides services that address the three domains of student development: academic, college/career, and personal/social. There are three ways that our school counselor provides those services:
Classroom lessons: The school counselor delivers lessons to every classroom at Jie Ming throughout the year. These lessons introduce students to topics like bullying prevention, identifying feelings, friendship, problem solving, personal safety, goal setting, and college and career exploration. All curriculum is aligned to SPPS Core Counseling Curriculum and designed to meet district learning targets related to social and emotional learning. At this time, all classroom lessons will be delivered virtually in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to continue to support VLS students at the same level as our in-person learners.
Small group counseling: Small group counseling allows students with similar needs to connect with each other and grow as a group! Small groups typically meet once per week for 6-10 weeks and sometimes address topics such as family change, anxiety, academic development, emotion regulation, and growth mindset, among others. These opportunities allow students to see that they are not alone and to practice their skills with their peers. Teachers, school staff, or families can refer students for small group participation. Due to COVID precautions, small groups are limited at this time in order to prevent the spread of infection and to maintain confidentiality of students and families.
Individual counseling: Students can meet with the counselor individually for support, whether in school or during distance learning. These sessions are brief in nature and not intended to replace individual therapy for youth. School counselors work with students to develop positive coping skills, process family change or grief and loss situations, learn emotion management techniques, and problem solve. For VLS students, parents and guardians can contact the counselor to schedule individual check-ins for their child or students can let their teacher know they would like to talk with the counselor. Students can also drop in to office hours on Wednesdays from 10:00-10:30 and Thursdays from 3:00-3:30 using the Google Meet nickname jmhansen