It is the goal of the guidance department to provide a well-balanced program that supports the healthy growth and development of the total child (social, emotional and academic). Services are provided through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, individual counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and coordination of services.
Classroom Guidance: Planned, educational groups designed to help students understand and deal with normal developmental tasks and issues. Examples include character education, peer relationships, conflict resolution, and personal safety. These lessons are provided for all students, within their classrooms, on a weekly basis. This is often referred to as “preventive guidance” as it offers an opportunity to discuss situations and solutions before they arise. They also provide an important opportunity for non-referred students to interact with the counselor.
Small Group Counseling- The counselor works with 2-10 students who have been referred for a similar issue. This format uses a psycho-educational model that is goal-centered and oriented toward enhancing and developing coping skills. Some common types of counseling groups deal with divorce, friendship, self-esteem, anger, and grief or loss. These groups are confidential in nature.
Individual Counseling- The counselor works one-on-one with a student to help them resolve problems and developmental concerns, enhance decision-making skills, and/or build coping skills. This is a confidential relationship and is a short-term limited intervention (not intensive therapy).
Referral Assistance- The counselor maintains a comprehensive list of specialists who may be helpful in the event of a concern beyond the scope of school counseling services.
School-Based Consultation with teachers, parents, and specialists
Coordination of Services
The CIS Counselor is Mrs. Stacey Million. If you have questions or would like specific information regarding the guidance services offered for your child, please contact her by click here or at 573-682-3451.