As the new school year rolls around, I always look forward to popping by each classroom to welcome back returning students and to meet new students.
During the first few weeks of September, I will be visiting each classroom to talk about all the ways that I can help support the students in their academic, social and emotional success. During the class discussion, I also talk about the rules that I must follow as a school counsellor and what to expect if they come and visit with me.
After the presentation, a one-page handout will be provided to the oldest sibling in each family. I encourage parents to read this handout over for further information. I also encourage parents to continue this discussion at home by brainstorming issues that may arise this year that a school counsellor may help them with.
Groups are organized throughout the year, to help support students that require extra support. Group counselling is a great way to for students who are having similar difficulties to share their problems, solutions and strategies. It is often reassuring to know that they are not alone and that other students have similar problems.
Here are some of the groups that we are currently offering.
New Student Group
This group is designed to help new students adjust to their new school and make friends. New students and a buddy will be invited to attend three sessions.