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Mission Statement, Beliefs and Counseling Services Provided

                                                          GUIDANCE MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the School Counseling Program at Barrow Elementary is to support the school community by developing and integrating a comprehensive guidance program that will assist students in academic, career and personal/social programs and support initiatives of equity and inclusion on our campus and in our community. This will allow children to develop a positive sense of self and become effective students, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.

                          I Believe:
* All children are valuable and deserve respect.
* All children can be taught appropriate behaviors and can learn and grow to reach their full potential, if given the right environment.
* All children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
* All students should have equal access to counseling & guidance services.
* The School Counselor is a resource and an advocate for all students, staff, parents and the community.
* A School Guidance program should be comprehensive in scope, developmental in nature and preventative in design.
* A School Guidance program should be intentional and include academic, career and personal/social components.
* Positive relationships between students and adults are the key to student success.
                                                                 What services does the counselor provide?
Elementary School Counselors provide preventive and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives.  Counselors provide appropriate tools for communicating, making decisions, and developing friendships and coping skills.  Counselors provide services by developing and delivering classroom presentations that teach skills for achieving success, facilitating small group counseling, providing immediate short-term counseling when needed, and providing support during personal crisis.  In addition, counselors work collaboratively with staff and parents to connect them to community resources if needed and to help their student succeed in their academic, career, personal and social development (Referral information for GT, Dyslexia, Speech or Sped/Behavior testing and outside services and community resources for students and families).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's): 

  • How does my student get referred to the counselor?
    Students can see their Elementary School Counselor via self-referral, parental request, request of the counselor, administrative referral, and/or teacher or staff referral.  Parental referral forms are available in the main office.
  • How do parents contact the counselor?
    Parents are invited to contact the school counselor at any time via phone or email regarding their child.  We can discuss your concerns over the phone or you can come in to meet with me. The counselor is available Monday-Friday from 7:45 am-4:15 pm and can be reached by phone, email, or in person. 
  • For how long does the school counselor see the student?
    Sessions may be held on a regular, ongoing basis or simply as needed. The counselor's priority is for the student to succeed here at school and to do so the student must be in his/her classroom as much as possible. Therefore the counselor will not remove the student from his/her class for longer than 20 minutes unless crisis management is needed.
  • Why would my child see you? 
    Students may be referred to the school counselor if there are concerns that are inhibiting their learning here at school. Some concerns, but not limited to are: behavioral difficulties, social/emotional concerns, conflict with peers, attendance concerns and academic concerns.
  • Will you notify me if you spoke to my child?
    Parents are notified at the discretion of the counselor. If a counselor will be seeing a student on an on-going basis, the counselor will then notify the parent and seek parental consent for school counseling.   

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's): 

  • What are the parameters around confidentiality?
    Confidentiality is an important aspect of counseling; this is how the counselor builds trust with the student. What the child says during counseling is to remain between the counselor and the child unless: 1. The child is in imminent danger. 2. The child is threatening to harm him/herself or someone else. 3. The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect. 4. The child gives permission to disclose. When a breach in confidentiality is necessary, the counselor would make a report to the appropriate agencies, support staff and/or parents depending on the situation. Note: Our highest priority is keeping your student safe. School counselors and other school staff members are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters are required by law to report to CPS any time a student is suspected of being in danger.
  • Where is the Counselor’s office?
    The Counselor’s office is in room B202.
  • Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
    When you receive a slip with the Counselor’s name on it, it does not mean you have been called in because you are in trouble or “bad.” In fact, a counselor is an adult who acts as your advocate! An advocate is someone who wants to listen to what you have to say and help you come up with reasonable solutions to making your situation better. It does not mean that your counselor can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place that you can go to when you are not sure what to do.