Western School Counseling Sercives
Crysti Nix - School Counselor
School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design, and developmental in nature. School counselors implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each students' ability to learn and help prepare students to make informed choices regarding post secondary options to complete future career goals. School counselors provide the foundation for personal, emotional growth as students progress through school and into adulthood.
The four components of school counseling are: Core Curriculum Classes, Individual Student Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support.
Individual Counseling: Individual sessions with students as requested by students, parents and teachers.
Core Curriculum Lessons: These are scheduled throughout the year in all grade levels. Standards guiding the school counseling program help students understand the connection between the world of work and plan for and make a successful transition from school to post-secondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the lifespan.
The curriculum lessons cover 3 domains: academic, social/emotional and career
Six Mindset Standards are covered that are related to the psych-social attitudes or beliefs students have about themselves in relation to academic work. These make up the students' belief system as exhibited in his/her behaviors.
29 Behavior Standards focus on learning strategies, self management skills, and social skills.
Small Groups: Students will participate in discussions and activities in groups of 6 to 8 students, lasting 6 to 8 sessions, which address a variety of topics.
Study skills - Grades 3-5 Listening and learning, following directions, management of time, study techniques, and motivation.
School Success - Grades 2-5 Managing feelings, getting along with others, resilience and assertiveness.
Greif/Loss - All Grades Students will explore their feelings and learn coping strategies about the loss of a loved one.
Ready to Learn - Grades K-2 Skills such as listening, asking for help, following rules, being responsible, and building support by practicing friendship skills.
Students will participate in discussions and activities dealing with any type of change within the family, including divorce, step families and blended families.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of the elementary school counselor?
My ultimate goal is to help your children succeed in school. My mission is to reduce barriers to academic achievement and encourage excellence in all students by promoting academic, personal and emotional development.
What services can a counselor provide?
Classroom core lessons, small group guidance and counseling, short term individual counseling, long and short term academic planning, and consultation and collaboration with school staff, parents, mental health professionals and community groups.
What topics are included in the core curriculum classes with the counselor?
Academic:Study skills, decision making skills, stress management, self-confidence, self awareness
Personal/Emotional: Friendship skills, communication skills, conflict resolution and problem solving techniques, anger management, feelings and coping strategies, bully awareness, personal safety
Career: Career exploration, care awareness, cooperative group skills
How can my child see the counselor?
I see every student when classes visit my classroom to deliver core curriculum based lessons. If a student would like to see me privately, they can ask the teacher to visit my room or they could fill out a counseling form. All forms are placed outside of my classroom and I will meet with them as soon as possible.
If you would like me to talk with your child or if you need to speak with me for any reason, please contact me using the information below.
Crysti Nix (NCSC), EDS School Counseling