Peterstown Elementary School recognizes that each student is unique and will benefit from a wide range of learning experiences including those that develop social and emotional skills. The purpose of our school counseling and guidance program is to impart specific skills and learning opportunities through academic and personal/social experiences in a proactive manner for all students. The comprehensive school counseling and guidance program is a part of the total school program and complements learning in the classroom. It is child-centered, preventive, and developmental. Our program encourages students' social, emotional, and personal growth at each stage of their development.
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Delivery of Program
School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. “The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs” outlines the components of a comprehensive school counseling program. The ASCA National Model brings school counselors together with one vision and one voice, which creates unity and focus toward improving student achievement through four framework components: define, manage, deliver, and assess ("ASCA National Model | American School Counselor Association (ASCA)", 2019). At Peterstown Elementary School we provide a collaborative comprehensive school counseling program by delivering counseling services to all students PreK - Fourth Grade following the WV Student Success Standards in a systematic ethical fashion based on data-driven information. My guidance curriculum lessons are developed to provide models for, and instruct students for skills in career, academic, and personal/social development for all students through individual, large, and small group instruction, parent workshops, and information sessions.
For more information on the American School Counseling Association please click: ASCA Framework Four Components
American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Position School counselors recognize their primary obligation regarding confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA, 2016). For more information on confidentiality please click: Confidentiality
What Does Mrs. Spencer Do?
Much like a school nurse, my services are available to ALL students, not just those with an emotional emergency or crisis. It is my job to make sure children are happy and doing their best in school. This is a tall order since so many factors go into students doing well--their ability to focus and pay attention, their relationships with peers and teachers, how well they can manage their feeling and impulses, and their lives outside of school. I address these issues using individual or group discussion sessions as well as classroom guidance lessons and even school-wide programs like: "Random Acts of Kindness Week" and "Red Ribbon Week". I ask students to think of me as a coach who helps them solve their problems. I am someone they can talk to, share feelings, ideas, and will advocate for what is best of them! If you would like for your child to see the counselor please click here, fill out, and print a referral sheet. Send it to school with your child. There is a confidential box outside my door that it can be placed in.
Direct and Indirect Services Provided
Direct and Indirect School Counseling Services can be requested by accessing the following links:
Direct services: Within the CACREP standards, direct service has been defined as “face-to-face” interaction and includes the application of counseling, consultation, or human development skills (such as assessment, training, classroom guidance, etc.).
- Meet with the individual student to address needs, concerns, and barriers to success
- Meet with the individual student to address attendance and school performance
- Check-in with the student to identify progress (brief contacts)
- Specific topic small group sessions
- Academic Study Skills Groups
- Peer mediation training with students
- Non-confidential small group session such as New Student Groups
- Specific topic small group sessions
- Mediation between students
Classroom/Large Group Guidance
- Facilitating classroom guidance lessons meeting WV Student Success Standards and for special topics
- Facilitating the implementation of Career or College Day
- Facilitating the implementation of a school-wide Character Education presentation
- Presentations to students for the transition to middle school
- Bullying prevention classroom guidance
- Student/Parent Orientation presentations
- Co-Teaching collaboratively with Teachers
Consultation (with teachers, parents, student support personnel, referring agencies, etc.)
- Participating in Parent/teacher conferences
- Consultations about a specific student with the community and school resources (School Psychologist, Social Workers, administrators, and other Community Agency service providers)
- Consulting with teachers/parents/other school personnel about a student’s functional behavior assessments
- Referrals to outside agencies for specific student/family services
- Calling in and working with the crisis team regarding specific student(s)
- Student Assistance Team consultation or grade level consultation with stakeholders regarding a student’s behavioral concerns
- Coordination and planning of school-wide activities and programs
- Creating and maintaining a program calendar
- Conducting analysis of data to drive program
- Working within Teacher PLC’s to integrate the WV Student Success Standards; integrating character traits into classroom lessons
- Data evaluation meeting as it pertains to school counseling program which supports the school improvement plan
- Coordinating testing or annual assessment of academic progress
- Planning and coordinating a Career Day
- Planning and implementation of PALS mentor program
- Leading school-wide programs and activities such as Red Ribbon Week, College Application Week, Food Drives, Thanksgiving and Christmas lists of needy families, Karing 4 Kids Backpack program
- Community outreach
- Consultations with the community and school resources (Career Development Coordinators, Social Workers, and Community agencies) and college liaisons about services they provide
- Implementing school-wide positive behavior programs such as "Bucket Filling" and "Leader In Me"
- Participating in committees (RTI, Leadership Team, Crisis Team, 504, IEP, School Improvement Team, etc.)
- Substance Abuse initiatives with community agencies
- Assist with student registration and schedule changes
- Academic Awards Night preparations/presentations
- Serving as a resource for staff, parents, community
- Website planning/creation/updating
- Collaborative planning with staff for specific unit related to the counseling curriculum
- Working in Counselor PLC's for planning, monitoring and data analysis of comprehensive school counseling program
- Attending staff in-service training on student development, coping and stress management, student test-taking anxiety/coping skills, etc.
- Attending district, statewide professional development