The Cherokee Bend Counseling Program's purpose is to develop skills for every student personally, socially, academically, and in preparation for his or her future career and life. Through counseling and guidance services students are supported as learners in their development of personal-social skills, general academic skills, and the school to work connection. These services are offered by a certified school counselor primarily through whole group lessons in classrooms and supportive services in small groups or individual counselor sessions. School counselors also support students by serving as an advocate for students on school leadership teams and in the problem solving team.
Individual counseling sessions are confidential and devoted to the best interest of the child taking into consideration each child's situation, beliefs, values, and those of the community in which the child lives. There are limits to confidentiality in the cases where there is harm to the student in counseling, there may be or has been harm to self or others, or if a student wishes for the counselor to speak to someone on their behalf.
About our whole class lessons: This year our school system purchased and is using the Second Step social emotional curriculum that teaches healthy life skills such as recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, problem solving, impulse control, calming down, communication, and assertiveness. Our second and fifth grades also use Second Step's Child Protection Unit to teach skills that help children avoid abuse. Our sixth graders also complete more specific substance abuse prevention lessons based on Too Good for Drugs, but this is supported by the Second Step lessons.
If you would like to communicate directly with the counselor, please email or call the school and ask for the school counselor's office.
August 2020 - January 2021 - Lindsey Scoggins, Substitute Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2020 - May 2020 - Laura Witcher, Counselor email@example.com
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