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Counselor

Dr. Subrena A. Glenn, Counselor

 

Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

 

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.

 

The Four Components of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

 

School Guidance Curriculum

1.Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills

2.Goal setting and decision-making

3.Career awareness, exploration and planning

4.Education on understanding self and others

5.Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills

6.Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution

7.Substance abuse education

8.Multicultural/diversity awareness

9.Bullying

 

Individual Student Planning

1.Academic planning

2.Goal setting/decision- making

3.Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

4.Transition plans

 

Responsive Services

1.Individual and small-group counseling

2.Individual/family/school crisis intervention

3.Conflict resolution

4.Consultation/collaboration

5.Referrals

 

System Support

1.Professional development

2.Consultation, collaboration and teaming

3.Program management and operation

Source: American School Counselor's Association (ASCA)

 

Email: subrena_a_glenn@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us