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Counselor's Corner

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Welcome to the School Counseling webpage!

My name is Ms. Johl the School Counselor at Pioneer Elementary School. I Graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Educational Counseling and PPS credential from National University. California State University, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Administrative Credential
 

What is a School Counselor?
-a certified, trained, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:

  • School Guidance Curriculum-designing, structuring, and delivering classroom lessons designed to achieve specific competencies in all grades K-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-school wide program planning and implementation consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families. Student Study Support Team. 
What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?
*Individual Counseling-students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving and decision-making.
 
*Small Group Counseling-students share similar issues and conserns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 4-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 15-30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills,study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
 
*Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling-the School Counselor develops and implements K-5 classroom curriculum. This K-5 curriculum addresses personal, social, academic, and career-related needs. Teaching developmental skills and using age-appropriate, classroom-based lessons. 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.