Counseling Program Overview
At Westpark, we are working to equip our students with the necessary social and emotional skills to understand their own and other's social and emotional needs to better connect with peers, navigate challenging situations, and manage conflicts. Each classroom will explore monthly lessons through Second Step which align with the following skill building areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotional Management, and Problem Solving. In addition to classroom lessons, students can also participate in smaller group support such as Lunch Bunch, Backpack Rescue, E.A.G.L.E. Club, and other opportunities during the school day!
Individual & Small Group Counseling
The Elementary Resource Counseling program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in individual and small group counseling experiences that provide support and skill building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues. It is not unusual for students to need focused help to strengthen their social- emotional skills in order to be more learning ready during different times in their childhood. Many children struggle from time to time with a range of family and life circumstances (divorce, loss, moves, stress) that make coming to school more difficult and we are here to offer tools and support. Small group and individual counseling can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, develop self- confidence, adjust behaviors, and learn to deal with challenges in healthy ways.
Services are provided during the school day, once a week for approximately 30 minutes. These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time. Please Note: Information shared by your child in counseling sessions will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child, or if there is intent to cause significant property damage.
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