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Onate School Counselor

Onate School Counselor

Clarissa Sandoval, MA

clarissa.sandoval@aps.edu

505-291-6819 Ext. 36605

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday 7:30-2:30 

Counseling Lessons Fall Semester 2017

The counselor will visit each grade level two times a month.  Lessons will include:

Grades K-2

Kindness

Character

Worrying 

Anxiety

Friendship

Citizenship 

Anger

Respect

Feelings

 

Grades 3-5

Bullying 

Cyber Bullying

Friendship

Worrying 

Anxiety

Conflict Resolution 

Anger

Character

 

 

 

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Counseling

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ONATE SCHOOL COUNSELING MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the School Counseling Program at Onate Elementary is to provide a comprehensive program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.  The role of the school counselor is also to be an advocate for all students by enhancing the overall school climate through the facilitation of a character-driven, collaborative environment in which effective learning can take place. This advocacy will enhance academic achievement and student potential.

The school counselor will work in partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and community contacts to support students.  This partnership will help ensure that all students at Onate Elementary have the opportunities they need to acquire the knowledge and skills to meet their highest potential, become lifelong learners, and responsible, contributing citizens in our society.

Onate Elementary School Counseling Program

Oñate is fortunate to have a half- time counselor on staff.  The counselor is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive counseling program.  The counseling program provides education, prevention, and intervention services to help all students achieve academic success.  The program consists of four components: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual student planning, and system support.

 

  • Classroom guidance lessons are provided throughout the year.  These lessons focus on various issues including problem solving, decision making, relationships, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention.

 

  • Small group counseling sessions are also offered throughout the school year. Group counseling makes it possible to reach a large number of children who are experiencing similar issues in areas such as grief, self esteem, friendship, divorce, and anger management.  These groups provide students with support and guidance while helping them feel less isolated and alone.  Parents will be notified when their children are selected to participate in small group counseling sessions. 

 

  • The counselor meets with individual students on a short term basis when necessary.  Most children, at sometime in their school career, experience a problem or difficulty they are unable to solve by themselves. One of the counselor's main roles is to listen to these children and facilitate their problem solving. If the problem cannot be solved at school, it is the counselor's responsibility to confer with parents or make the appropriate referral.

 

  • In addition, the counselor serves as a consultant to classroom teachers, a resource and support to parents, and a liaison to the community. With the use of these strategies and interventions, the counseling program is able to address the needs of the whole child. By working with the whole child, rather than just one aspect of the child, we are better able to break down barriers to learning and empower the child to succeed at school and in the world.

Statement of School Counseling Philosophy

The professional school counselor serving Onate Elementary School believes that:

-All students have dignity and worth

-All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program managed by a Master’s level, state certified school    counselor

-All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences, and special needs are valued and considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program

-All students need a variety of experiences to develop intellectually, personally, socially and physically

-All students should have a strong foundation of coping skills to deal with issues and problems they will face in the future 

-Communication between parents and the school staff is necessary for a child’s growth

 

And that the Onate Elementary comprehensive school counseling program will:

-Provide opportunities for students to develop responsibility, positive relationships, and respect for themselves, others, and all property

-Provide a safe, orderly, and physically comfortable environment that promotes student learning

-Hold high expectations to increase individual student performances and self-concept

-Be comprehensive and data driven

-Be continuously evaluated based on data to meet the needs of the student population and provide the best possible opportunities for all children

-Seek assistance and input from its advisory council, school, and community members

 

And that the counselor at Onate Elementary School will:

-Hold high expectations to increase individual student performances

-Proactively advocate for all students 

-Engage in professional development activities to enhance counseling competency

-Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association

CONFLICT VS. BULLYING

Conflict 101  

  • A conflict is more than just a disagreement. It is a situation in which one or both parties perceive a threat (whether or not the threat is real).
  • Conflicts continue to fester when ignored. Because conflicts involve perceived threats to our well-being and survival, they stay with us until we face and resolve them.
  • We respond to conflicts based on our perceptions of the situation, not necessarily to an objective review of the facts. Our perceptions are influenced by our life experiences, culture, values, and beliefs.
  • Conflicts trigger strong emotions. If you aren’t comfortable with your emotions or able to manage them in times of stress, you won’t be able to resolve conflict successfully.
  • Conflicts are an opportunity for growth. When you’re able to resolve conflict in a relationship, it builds trust. You can feel secure knowing your relationship can survive challenges and disagreements.

More on conflicts and resolution visit:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships/conflict-resolution-skills.htm

Difference between conflict and bullying 

Normal Conflict

Bullying

Equal power-friends

Imbalance of power- not friends

Happens occasionally

Repeated negative actions

Accidental

Purposeful

Not serious

Serious- threat of physical harm or emotional or psychological hurt

Equal emotional reaction

Strong emotional reaction on part of the target

Not seeking  power or attention

Seeking power and control

Not trying to get something

Trying to gain material things or power

Remorse- takes responsibility

No remorse-blames target

Effort to solve the problem

No effort to solve the problem

 

ONATE BULLY PROOFING PLEDGE

WE WILL NOT BULLY OTHER STUDENTS.

 

WE WILL HELP OTHERS WHO ARE BEING BULLIED BY SPEAKING OUT AND BY GETTING ADULT HELP.

 

WE WILL USE EXTRA EFFORT TO INCLUDE ALL STUDENTS IN ACTIVITIES AT OUR SCHOOL.

 

WE WILL BE STUDENTS WHO DISPLAY THE CHARACTER COUNTS TRAITS. 

 

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