Welcome to Guidance and the 2013-2014 School Year!,
The counseling program at E R Dickson is very unique because we are fortunate to have two full-time counselors on staff. Another characteristic which makes the counseling program at ERD different from others is the fact that the counselors loop each year. This means the counselors move to the next grade level each year with the students they serve. Looping allows the students, families and counselors to build long lasting relationships. Mrs. Summer Laycock is the counselor for grades kindergarten, fourth and fifth and Mrs. Mary White services grades first, second and third.
Children are experiencing a wide range of new problems which could be considered as "normal stuff" for their generation. These problems are due to societal changes. As your child's elementary school counselors, we are available to help you and your children have a successful school year. School counselors work with parents, teachers and students in many ways through consultations, individual and small group services.
Classroom guidance is held on a bi-weekly basis. The counselors visit the classrooms to teach age appropriate concepts. These concepts include, but are not limited to:
• Improve academic self-concept
• Acquire skills for improving learning
• Achieve school success
• Improve learning
• Plan to achieve goals
• Relate school to life experiences
• Develop career awareness
• Develop employment readiness
• Acquire career information
• Identify career goals
• Acquire knowledge to achieve career goals
• Apply skills to achieve career goals
• Acquire self-knowledge
• Acquire interpersonal skills
• Self-knowledge application
• Acquire personal safety skills
Small group services are offered for 6 to 8 weeks. These groups help children with school or family issues such as: positive self worth, study skills, decision making, anger management, divorce, or changes and loss issues. A student can be referred for counseling by the parent, teacher or self-referral.
In some instances when counseling with students, parents may be notified, otherwise information shared by a student will be kept confidential.
We are looking forward to a successful school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 221-1180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Community resources available:
Catholic Social Services (provides basic life necessities and counseling) 434-1550
Department of Human Resources - DHR (family assistance) 450-9100
Helpline (provides crisis intervention) 431-5111
Lemoyne Center / Alta Pointe (provides therapeutic counseling for youths) 450-2240
Penelope House (domestic violence) 342-3144
Salvation Army (family assistance) 438-1625
Strickland Youth Center (troubled youths) 574-1450
United Way (direct link to all resources) 221