Comprehensive Guidance Standards
What we do as counselors can be grouped into four categories:
Individual Planning: 8th & 9th grade is a continuation of your child’s secondary education. As such, it is time for them to begin thinking about what they might want to do with their life after school is finished. During the school year we will complete a personality inventory with your child, explore careers, different schooling opportunities available to them and much more in their different classes.
As a capstone to the Individual Planning process, we complete a Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR) Conference with your child. This is a short meeting between your student, you, and the counselor to review and set personal, academic, and career goals. Although your attendance is completely voluntary, we would prefer to have you there. We will send out invitations via email and phone message when it is time for the PCCR meetings. You can find further information on the PCCR on our webpage here:
Guidance Curriculum: As school counselors we assist students in developing basic life skills, such as how to cope with difficult situations appropriately. As a district we have adopted the “Building Resilience” model by Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg. This model focuses on the 7 C’s: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping, and Control. There is further information, including descriptions of these C’s on our webpage here. We also talk about conflict resolution, Utah Scholars, depression, diversity, self-esteem, motivation, overcoming adversity, stress reduction, mindfulness skills, hope/inspiration, goal setting, making good decisions and much more!
Responsive Services: The purpose of responsive services is to intervene on behalf of those students whose immediate personal concerns put their personal, social and/or educational development at risk. We generally receive our referrals from teachers and parents and work closely with our teachers and parents to assure that your child is performing up to their abilities.
As school counselors our main focus is your child’s emotional and academic well-being. Sometimes other factors in life can dramatically affect school academics. While we are not clinical therapists and cannot provide therapy, we can provide you with referrals to these types of therapists, or provide some short-term, goal-oriented interviewing here at school.
We also provide support groups for our students. Depending on the need of our student body these groups may include: friendship, academic concerns, social concerns, grief, stress management, school survival skills, sleep and nutrition, bullying management, and personality and learning styles. If you feel your child could benefit from any of these types of groups, please feel free to contact us.
System Support: In addition to the above mentioned activities, we are also asked to provide other services and management activities which indirectly benefit our students. These include (but are not limited to):
· Meet with each teacher team weekly to discuss struggling students
· Participation in our school’s Improvement Plan and Leadership Team
· Input into building the school schedule as well as each individual student’s schedule
· Creating and maintaining support features such as our website: http://scmiddle.org/snow-canyon-middle-school-comprehensive-guidance/