Brookland Elementary Counselors' Corner
by Tressa Davis and Dana Ford
VISION STATEMENT: 1. Build a solid academic foundation for each child. 2. Encourage the social development of each child.
3. Strengthen the family-school-community partnership for each child.
MISSION STATEMENT: The counseling department at Brookland Elementary School provides a comprehensive school counseling program, focusing on academic, personal/social and career development within a supportive, caring and nurturing environment, so that all children achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
GOALS OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS:
1. To help children understand themselves and others.
2. To prevent problems from developing.
3. To help identify children with special needs.
4. To provide crisis intervention when necessary.
5. To coordinate or facilitate efforts of others with those of parents, teachers, and administrators.
6. To help develop personalized programs, when applicable, based on each child's strengths, weaknesses and needs.
PHILOSOPHY: At Brookland Elementary School, we believe that all students have a right to a quality education, a safe and supportive learning environment, a right to services that support academic, career, and person/social growth, a right to be heard and treated with dignity and respect, and a right to a credentialed school counselor who is an advocate for student success.
NEEDS ADDRESSED THROUGH THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM:
1. Early intervention in personal development. Research shows that children establish lifelong behavioral patterns during the ages of 6-10, the first four years of school. For this reason, it is critical that counseling services be available during these early years.
2. Helping children deal with social problems which confront them. These problems include but are not limited to: family drug/alcohol abuse, child abuse/neglect, and the problems of a changing family.
3. Early identification of school problems. Examples: helping to identify students who need special education services and working with high risk students, such as relationships, behavior problems, transiency and work habits.