The Developmental Needs of the Elementary Student
Elementary school is a time when students develop attitudes concerning school, self, peers, social groups, and family. It is a time when students develop decision-making skills, communication and life skills, and character values.
Comprehensive developmental counseling services offered at the elementary education level is proactive. The goal is teaching students a variety of skills integrated into all aspects of their lives. Early identification and intervention of children's problems are essential to change some of the current statistics regarding destructive behaviors. If we wait until children are in middle or high school to address these problems, we lose the opportunity to help them achieve their potential, as well as feelings of dignity and self-worth. For many children, the school counselor may be the one person who provides an atmosphere of safety, trust and positive regard.
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for our children to become healthy, productive adults. With a comprehensive developmental counseling program, the counselors at Morningside work as a team with school, parents, and community to create a caring atmosphere whereby children's needs are met through prevention, early identification and intervention.
The Morningside Counselor:
- Implements effective classroom guidance focusing on understanding self and others; coping strategies; peer relationships and effective social skills; communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, and study skills; career awareness and the world of work; substance education; and multicultural awareness.
- Provides individual and small group counseling dealing with self-image and self-esteem; personal adjustment; family issues; interpersonal concerns; academic development; behavior modification; as well as peer facilitation and peer mediation.
- Works with populations with needs that require special attention, such as culturally diverse populations and students of varying abilities.
- Develops students' career awareness as a lifelong process of forming basic values, attitudes and interests that bridge the gap between basic skills and future careers.
- Coordinates school, community and business resources; school wide guidance-related activities; and extracurricular programs which promote students' personal growth and skill development.
- Provides consultation with teachers, administrators, school psychologists, school social workers, and outside agencies and social services concerning the welfare of the students.
- Communicates and exchange information with parents/guardians by way of conferences, parent education workshops and newsletters.
- Makes appropriate referrals for special services for students and families within the school and community.
- Participates as members of the school improvement and interdisciplinary teams and work as liaisons with PTA.