Guidance

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    Guidance/School Counseling Services

    Fox Trail Elementary School

    School Counseling Office

    Summary of Services

     

    The goal of the School Counseling office is to support the healthy growth and development of the total child (social, emotional, and academic) in his/ her world of school, home, and community.  This process of growth is encouraged through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, individual counseling, consultation with parents and teachers, and coordination of services. 

    • School-Wide Character Education Program– The school counselors coordinate school-wide character education initiatives. This year we are implementing “The Leader in Me” process school wide. The Leader in Me is FranklinCovey’s whole school transformation process based on the 7 habits of highly effective people. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. We encourage you to visit their website: http://www.theleaderinme.org/. Character education resources/books suggested by the district’s Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department are shared with the instructional staff. Additional resources are located on www/browardprevention.org.  Each month students are celebrated and acknowledged for demonstrating the character trait of the month during a party towards the end of the month, their name is read on the morning announcements and they receive a Leader of the Month certificate.
    • Classroom Guidance Lessons-Planned, educational/counseling groups designed to help students understand and deal with normal developmental tasks and issues.  Examples include character education, peer relationships, conflict resolution, bullying, social skills and personal safety. They provide an important opportunity for non-referred students to interact with the counselor.
    • Small Group Counseling-The school counselors work with 3-6 students who have been referred for a similar concern.  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 academic success, divorce, friendship, self-esteem, social skills, anger, and grief or loss.  These groups are confidential.  Teachers, parents, administration or self-referrals are welcomed.  Parent consent is required for participation.
    • Social Groups- The school counselors hosts various groups such as “Lunch Bunch” and conflict resolution groups.
    • Individual Counseling-The school counselors work one-on-one with students 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 school counselors maintain 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– The school counselors consult with teachers, parents, school social worker, school psychologist, administration and specialists.
    • Classroom Observations– The school counselors conduct student observations within their classroom environment to help with decision making and referrals.
    • Coordination of Services- The school counselors take part in community service projects to provide various supports to families.  Serve as core team members of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RtI) team.  Coordinate District and State Assessments (Florida Standards Assessment-FSA).  Coordinate Youth Mentoring (Listener) Program.  Serves as the district liaison for Child Abuse, Foster Care, HEART (Homeless), 504s, ESOL, and Prevention Programs. 

    For additional information, please contact:

    Mrs. Sara Krin