The Role of a Professional School Counselor (posted by Jamie Shull; 01/11/17)

The elementary and middle school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children and adolescents to become healthy, competent, and confident learners. Through a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with students, their families, and AA staff to address the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors are specially trained educators with a master's degree in counseling. Support provided can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide therapy. We are able to provide temporary/short-term support to help students overcome acute issues having an impact on their school performance. We are a resource similar to the school nurse in that she can provide screening and band aids but refers out for more serious problems. Licensed mental health counselors are the appropriate resource to provide ongoing therapy sometimes needed by families and children. If there are concerns that need more consistent and comprehensive services beyond one or two meetings, we would be happy to provide resources for nearby therapists and agencies in our community that specialize in helping school-aged children.

Spring Small Group Sign-Ups! (posted by Jamie Shull; 01/11/17)
As an essential service of a comprehensive school counseling program, Jamie Shull (MB) and Audrey Miller (CP) will be offering small group counseling sessions for K-8 students beginning the first week in February. Small groups are a fun way for students to learn new skills, further develop self-awareness and confidence, better understand how to effectively handle concerns, and hear from peers that they are not alone. Games, art, music, modeling, role play, and books to learn and practice coping skills. Small groups are short-term and typically meet for 25 minutes for six weeks during the school day. Group topics include separation/divorce, self-esteem, anxiety/stress, and anger/impulse control. Confidentiality will be addressed and respected with for all students. Read the full group descriptions and sign up your child now! Deadline is January 22nd.

Book Club for Parents (KP, MB, CP) (posted by Jamie Shull; 01/11/17)
American Academy School Counselor, Jamie Shull, would like to invite all AA parents to join her for the second annual American Academy Parent Book Club! This trimester, parents will be reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey. Together, we’ll review this practical guide to building a positive family culture while solving the problems that confront every household. AA staff is currently reading and discussing The Leader in Me by Stephen Covey to teach students the same seven habits in the classroom setting. Join us as we connect what your child is learning in class with empowering skills that can be reinforced at home. Ms. Shull will kick off the club on Wednesday, February 8 to discuss the first three habits. All AA parents (KP, CP, MB) can join her in the Parker library conference room after carpool at 4:30 pm. She will be joined by Nichole Guthrie, AA School Psychologist. Students are also invited to come at the same time and will meet separately with Audrey Miller, Castle Pines School Counselor, to learn more about the seven habits and how to be a leader both at home and school. Snacks will be provided. We’ll meet again on February 22 to discuss habits four-six, and wrap up on March 8 to discuss the seventh habit and conclusion (same time, same place). Can’t make it to book club? You can still join our online discussion! Please RSVP to participate (at the meeting or online). Questions?
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