Julianna Yeatman, M. Ed., VPS School Counselor
The Role of the Professional School Counselor
Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions.
The School Counselor's Role at Vilonia Primary School:
- Provide individual and small group counseling to students in grades K-3
- Provide whole-group classroom guidance lessons to all students in grade K-3
- Work with students and families by providing support during a personal or family crisis (e.g., parents separating, death of a loved one or pet, illness, homelessness, house fire, etc.)
- Classroom behavior support
- Social skills development
- Assist with transitions (e.g., new students, adjustment to Kindergarten, moving up to FMIS)
- Provide community resources to families in need of assistance
- Anger management
- Referrals to outside agencies for mental health services
- 504 Coordinator
- Standardized Testing Coordinator (School Test Coordinator)
- Weekend Food Backpack Program Coordinator
- P.I.T. C.R.E.W. Coordinator
How Can Your Student Visit the School Counselor?
- Parent Referral
- Administrator Referral
- Teacher or Staff Referral
- Outside Counselor Referral
A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons.
Articles and Tips for Parents/Guardians
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Social and Emotional Issues Faced by Children and Families
Death of Loved Ones (Grief)