I work with students one on one to address various concerns such as anxiety, depression, behavior management, etc. I also often work with two or more students for a conflict resolution session. These sessions are designed to assist the students in solving a conflict on their own so they can begin to learn and practice these skills. My hope is that they can one day have the ability and confidence to use these skills without my assistance.
Students may be referred to me by administration, teachers, parents or themselves. If I believe students would benefit from regular meetings to work on certain skills, I will contact the parent/guardian to discuss this option. When meeting with students on a regular basis I may come to the conclusion that the student may need mental health counseling and will refer the family to an outside mental health agency. Please visit the Mental Health Referral tab under Parent Resources for a list of local agencies.
My individual counseling philosophy is student led. I allow the student to take the session where it needs to go based on their needs. If a student shares anything with me that gives me reason to believe they are being harmed, they want to harm someone else or they want to harm themselves I will notify the appropriate personnel immediately.
Small Group Counseling
I will be conducting small group opportunities when teachers see a need across the grade level. So as not to take away from their academic development, these meetings will be held during their lunch period. These small group sessions are often called a Lunch Bunch! Students participating in a group will bring their lunches to the conference room where they will have the opportunity to eat and learn. My small group counseling philosophy is more structured than my individual counseling philosophy. This is because I have limited time with the group to introduce and practice new skills. I try to stay away from assigning any homework but if I do, it is for practice!
These opportunities are by permission only so I will always send home a form about the group that will require a signature allowing the student to participate. Please visit the Lunch Bunch page under the Parent Resources tab to see what's going on in the building!
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Classroom guidance lessons is when I go into the classroom and do a lesson with the entire class. If a teacher is seeing a particular issue throughout their class, it is beneficial to provide information to all students. I also use classroom guidance lessons to be proactive by providing information and skills to students in various areas.
Recent Lake Elementary News
I will have a school counseling intern with me this semester from the University of Toledo. Please take a moment to read her introduction below!
My name is Tyler Jefferson and I am a graduate student at the University of Toledo. I'm currently in my intern phase at UT for the school counseling program. I just wanted to introduce myself because from January to May, I will be completing my internship requirements with Mrs. Downie here at Lake Elementary. During this time I will be getting to know the students and begin meeting with them one on one about any issues they may be experiencing. I will also be conducting small groups under Mrs. Downie's supervision. My future goal is to work in an elementary once I graduate, so I am extremely excited and grateful for this experience.
Some facts about myself are that I received my bachelors degree in psychology at Bowling Green State University in 2014. And I am an alumni of Lake High School. I graduated from Lake in 2010.
I'm looking forward to this semester and learning about the school counselor role and learning about the students!