Elementary School Counseling
Randolph Township Schools has two elementary school counselors working within our four elementary schools. Ms. Meghan Ingman works with families at Ironia and Center Grove Elementary. Ms. Deborah Hessels works with families at Shongum and Fernbrook Elementary.
What can families expect when working with our elementary school counselors?
On the surface, school counselors help students prepare for success in school and the future. However, the school counselor’s role is much more complex and as trained school counseling professionals, there is a deeper understanding of, and attention to, human behavior and social emotional wellness. Attention is paid to social and cultural dynamics, career development and a variety of other areas.
How do our elementary school counselors reach out to students during the elementary school years?
Individual Counseling – School Counselors work individually with the students in their buildings working closely with the students and helping them to establish a solid foundation despite the pressures that interfere with learning.
Small Group Counseling – School Counselors work with students in small groups. Groups are established by the counseling team based on student need an input is accepted from teachers, support staff and administration. Often the group process is a very effective way to support students needing assistance with topics such as:
Conflict mediation and resolution
Groups are typically run with no more than five or six students and last for six to eight weeks. All groups are discussed with building level administration and monitored by the Director of School Counseling. Written parental permission is required for children to participate in a small group and summary records are reviewed annually to enhance group opportunities in the future for all students.
Classroom Lessons – School Counselors teach classroom lessons monthly with all classes in grades K-5. While some lessons are pro-active in nature, some are responsive and address topics of more immediate need. Elementary school counselors will push into classrooms and lead students in lessons such as:
- Feelings - Identification of feelings and how to appropriately express them
- Coping skills - How to cope with feelings
- Conflict resolution - Resolving conflicts with peers
- Growth Mindset - Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
- Acceptance - Understanding and accepting personal differences
- Kindness - How to be kind, how it feels to be kind
- Self-Control - What we can control and what we cannot control
- Friendship - How to make and keep friends
- Personal Space – Identifying and respecting everyone’s personal space
- Empathy – What it is, why it’s important and how to show empathy
- Being an Upstander vs being a bystander
- Peer Pressure – What it is and how to deal with it appropriately
- Gratitude – Having an attitude of gratitude