The counseling program at Patrick Henry School focuses on positive and beneficial development activities for children. In addition to helping students in classroom guidance activities, the counselor works with students in individual and small group settings throughout the year. The counselor makes Happy Calls each Friday to students’ parents who have been working really hard in school on their academics and/or behavior. The counselor also works closely with classroom teachers, administrators, and specialists (inside and outside of school) to serve and advocate for the best interest of Patrick Henry students and their families.
|Individual Counseling||In a confidential setting, students are assisted in understanding their feelings, attitudes, concerns and behaviors. The counseling relationship is characterized by respect, understanding, openness, acceptance and trust.|
|Group Counseling||Group counseling may assist students experiencing commonly shared concerns and/or developmental difficulties in areas such as interpersonal relationships with peers and/or adults, coping with life changes such as grief and loss, mental health issues, and issues affecting academic achievement. Current and previous groups have included:School Readiness Positive/Happy ThinkingFriendship/Social Skills/Self-Esteem Family Changes/Loss of a Loved OneImpulse/Behavior Control/Anger ManagementStress Reducers/Test Taking Strategies|
|Classroom Guidance||Through a series of classroom learning experiences, students are taught a comprehensive curriculum including: conflict resolution skills, friendship skills, personal safety, study and academic skills, career awareness, and character development.|
|Consultation||Regular contact is maintained with teachers, parents, administrators, and other helping professionals in the school and community to best meet student and family needs.|
|Coordination||Coordination services include: crisis intervention, new student orientation, middle school transition, parenting skills workshops, Intervention Assistance Team meetings (IATs) , Homework Helpers Clubs, Bright Beginners Clubs, Shining Stars mentoring group, YES Club , Bulldog Buddies, and referrals to community counseling agencies and local resources that assist students and their families.|