Our counselor fosters positive school culture and connectedness, and motivates students to be effective problem solvers. Problem-solving skills are essential to success in academics and in life. Research shows that students who feel connected to family, peers and school, are more likely to exhibit resilience when problems or disappointments arise.
What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is a certified, trained and caring professional who works with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order that each student achieves academic and social success.
Mission & Beliefs
The mission of BMS school counselor is to assist in removing barriers to students’ academic achievements and to promote a safe and secure environment by providing developmentally appropriate counseling services based on best practices.
School counseling services are delivered in four ways: (1) Classroom Curriculum Lessons (delivered to all students & based in the areas of personal/social, academic and career development), (2) Individual Student Planning (one-on-one assistance with goal formation/planning), (3) Responsive Services (brief counseling, crisis intervention, problem-solving, peer mediation) * If a student needs mental health counseling, we will refer the family to community counseling resources. (4) System Support (school-wide programming, consultation with school & community professionals, and support for students and their families).
Individual counseling sessions with students are initiated by referral from teachers, parents, administrators or peers. Students also self-refer.
Students use their agenda book as a pass to come to the counselor’s office. Counselors have an open-door policy. However, if a counselor is not in the office, students may complete a Note to the Counselor form and leave it in the box. The counselor will schedule a time for the counseling session. Students may also use the tinyurl site to submit a referral (www.tinyurl.com/bradencounselor) Sessions may include expressing feelings, problem-solving, designing plans of action, and academic counseling. Follow-up is done as needed.
Small Group Counseling
The counselor organizes and leads small group counseling sessions based on building resilience and providing support for students experiencing similar problems. Students can be recommended for small group counseling by administrators, teachers, parents, and through self-referrals. Small group counseling sessions will be conducted for four to six sessions based on student needs and schedules. The small groups for counseling will consist of 4 to 6 students.
Classroom Curriculum Lessons (formerly Classroom Guidance)
The following topics may be presented to each grade level through classroom lessons (delivered through Social Studies classes):
Getting Along with Others / Bullying / Career Awareness / Exploration
High School 101 – Getting ready for high school
Other topics as needed or requested by teachers
Counseling Crisis Situations
When a crisis occurs that impacts students or staff, the counselor will provide classroom support or individual counseling. Follow-up sessions will be done, if necessary, and counselor will meet privately with individual students as needed.
Standards and Competencies
Many competencies from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors directly align with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy Standards and more broadly align with Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice. School counselors working in states that have not adopted the Common Core State Standards are encouraged to create competencies that align with their state's academic standards. Our standards and competencies fall into three categories (academic, personal/social, and career.)