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My name is Holly Baron and I’m the proud counselor at Libby Elementary School. Go Tigers! Please read on to find out what my role is as a school counselor. Feel free to visit my website at https://sites.google.com/oside.us/baron-counselor-office/home or contact me at 901-7000 or email@example.com for resources!
What does a school counselor do?
School counselors work closely with students, staff, and families to help connect students with the support they need to be successful in school, manage situations they face in life, and assist students in developing a sense of self. In addition to the following school based counseling services, school counselors can also help connect students and families with community resources:
Counseling for individual students - students meet with counselors individually to get help with friendships, difficulties they are facing in school or outside of school, and to help learn how to deal with difficult feelings they may be experiencing. A student, parent, or teacher can request for a school counselor to meet with a student.
Small groups - Counselors periodically run small group sessions focused on social skill development, anxiety, family changes, self-esteem building, improving organization and academic skill development.
Classroom lessons - throughout the year school counselors provide classroom lessons for all students around topics such as self-esteem, empathy/compassion, managing strong emotions, problem solving, exploring interests and career possibilities, making healthy decisions, goal setting, and more based on student need.
School Counselors differ from mental health counselors in that we provide systemic support through a multidimensional intervention. School counselors provide individual, group, and classroom counseling sessions as short term and solution-focused. Mental Health Counselors provide individual counseling sessions and function as long term therapy. School counselors do not provide therapy but can provide referrals to agencies that do! We have services onsite at Libby through Palomar Family Counseling. Contact me any time to request services.
Confidentiality- Information students share with the school counselor is confidential. The only exceptions to confidentiality are when someone reports being in danger, getting hurt or wanting to hurt someone else.