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Counselor's Corner

 
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As we get settled into a new school year, let us reflect on the importance of social emotional and academic needs at any time of the year. Everyone is quite different and lead very unique lives; therefore, individuals could be experiencing something bothersome or concerning at any time in their life. 

 

Here are some reasons students might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
  • "Some kids in my science class are talking about fighting after school."
  • "My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."
  • "My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."
  • "My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."
  • "We're moving again!"
  • "My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot."
  • "I am not feeling safe and want to harm myself."
  • "I overheard my friend saying that she wants to hurt others."
 

Here are some reasons guardians might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."
  • "My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Carolyn may need some help coping with this change."
  • "Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."
  • "My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."
  • "My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school.  Can you help?"
 
AND REMEMBER: 
 
What is shared with the counselor stays confidential, UNLESS what is stated refers back to the 3H's:
 
1) Harm to self
2) Harm to others, including threats to buildings/entities 
3) Harm is being (or has been done) to you or someone you know, in which someone is at risk
 
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