Supporting the social, emotional, and academic needs of students
Our school counseling program works with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to help ensure that students' educational and emotional needs are being met.
Our school counseling services include:
- Classroom Lessons - Classroom lessons are a way for the counselor to work with every student in the school. The counselor talks about different topics--from friendship to conflict resolution to making positive choices. Teachers also may request a special lesson or co-teach a lesson.
- Group Counseling - From time to time, the counselor will meet with a group of students for several sessions and discuss a theme such as grief, changing families, friendship, organization, self-discipline etc. Groups are formed from parent, teacher, administrator, and self-referrals. A letter is always sent home asking for parental permission with a brief summary of each week's topic.
- Individual Counseling - From time to time, students may need to meet with a counselor privately. Individual counseling is a way for students to work on skills in a one-on-one setting. This is designed as a brief intervention. If a student is in need of more intensive therapy the counselor will make a referral for the student and, of course, be in constant contact with the student's parents.
- Consultation - The counselor is constantly consulting with teachers to help ensure the best quality education for all students. They brainstorm ideas, develop strategies, and express opinions. The counselor is also available to do the same with parents. They are happy to meet with you to discuss any concerns you may have about your child or your child's education.
As elementary school counselors, their primary objective is to assist students in reaching their potential to become effective learners. Their goal is to complement the learning environment in the classroom by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach.
Counseling will be conducted with students individually and in small groups, when requested by parents and teachers and determined appropriate. This service is short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parent notification is given to any extended individual or group counseling. There will also be monthly classroom guidance lessons focusing on student success.
Please do not hesitate to contact our amazing school counselors!
Bullying Prevention and Intervention
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.