Hello! I am Ms. Taylor, the School Counselor here at Bradford Elementary School. This page provides you with information about the School Counseling program, upcoming counseling-related activities and events, and counseling topics and resources.
What is a School Counselor?
I am a (minimum Master's level) certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:
- Classroom Counseling Curriculum- designing ,structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades PK-5 (personal/social, academic, career) and driven by the needs of the school population
- Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
- Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
- System Support- schoolwide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families
How does your child experience school counseling services?
- Individual Counseling- I may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that 'get in the way' of' school achievement. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Classroom Counseling lessons- Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. I almost always send home a letter to parents after each and every classroom lesson because I believe that a strong home-school partnership is what's best for kids.
School Counselor Leadership Roles:
- Student Services Team member
- Gifted/Talented Referral & Review Team member
- Crisis Response Team/Counseling-Response Team Leader
- School Improvement Team member
- Section 504 plan coordinator
- Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) coordinator
- At-Risk Coordinator