Counselor

 

MDE’s Counseling Program includes:

  • ·       Guidance lessons as requested by classroom teachers
  • ·       Mini-lessons via video announcements
  • ·       Individual counseling
  • · Group counseling for: anger management, social skills, and friendship
  • ·       Bucket-filling activities
  • ·       No Place for Hate initiative
  • ·       Red Ribbon Week
  • ·       GenTex Week
  • ·     Developmentally appropriate career exploration
  • ·   Middle school transition activities for fifth grade
  • ·       Team building activities
  • ·       Character Without Question program
  • ·       WHO child abuse prevention program
  • ·       Gifted/ Talented screening
  • ·       Mentor program
  • ·       Parent consultation
  • ·       Interventions as part of the Student Assistance Team

            

 

Why Do Parents Contact A School Counselor?

  • ·       Academic achievement
  • ·       Family transitions
  • ·       Student crisis situations
  • ·       Higher education issues
  • ·       Questions regarding the Gifted/ Talented process, screening, and appeals
  • ·       Special needs of students
  • How Is A Student Referral Made to the Counselor?
  • ·       Self-referral by the student
  • ·       Teacher, administrator, or staff referral
  • ·       Parent referral
  • ·       Counselor observation
  • ·       Peer referral
  • What Is A School Counselor?
  • ·       A TEA/SBEC certified, specially trained professional who helps children understand themselves and others
  • ·       An educator who advocates for all students
  • ·       A mediator, consultant, coordinator, and group leader
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School Counselors Also Work with Students on Conditions that Interfere with the Academic Process such as:

  • ·       Family fragmentation
  • ·       Divorce
  • ·       Anger
  • ·       Test Anxiety
  • ·       Trauma
  • ·       Peer Problems
  • ·       Loss and Grief
  • ·       Family Crisis
  • ·       Abuse
  • ·       Phobias
  • ·       Safety
  • ·       Social Skills
  • ·       Underachievement
  • ·       Depression

 

Many social stressors place numerous students at risk. A guidance program that provides direct services and is directed by a professionally trained counselor is a critical component of a school’s prevention efforts in the 21st century.

 


Who to Contact:

Ana Vazao

Email: ana.vazao@springbranchisd.com
Phone number: 713-251-6375