Estes Elementary's Counseling Corner
Estes Elementary's counseling program aims to help all of our students grow into resilient, self-aware, problem solvers who take care of each other!
So What Do School Counselors Do?
School-wide SEL education
We provide school-wide social emotional education to help students develop some of the most important skills for life. Every class at Estes receives an SEL lesson twice per month. These lessons focus on topics like; understanding and managing emotions, self-awareness and social-awareness, conflict resolution, coping skills, friendship skills, empathy, and other areas that aid students in the living of a happy and balanced life.
Counseling small groups give students the opportunity to share their feelings and experiences in a safe environment. These groups encompass topics like anger management, coping with change or loss, improving self-esteem, managing anxiety or worry, etc. Group counseling can help reduce social isolation and negative emotions, as well as increase positive peer relations and a sense of belonging. Students work together to develop self-awareness and learn new strategies and skills to help them succeed emotionally, academically, and socially.
Short-term individual counseling support is available to all students in grades K-6. This support can be therapeutic, but the role of a school counselor is not to diagnose or provide long-term therapy. We can provide short-term support to help students overcome acute issues that may be impacting their performance or behavior at school. We are happy to provide a list of outside agencies for extra support, if and when your student may need it. Confidentiality is always respected as per the guidelines set forth by state law and the ACA code of ethics.