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Counseling Program

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Counseling Program Overview

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.

Onate School Counselor 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

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