Counseling
school counselors

Our Counselors:

Allison Piotrowski allison_piotrowski@ccpsnet.net

Sarah Steppacher (M,W,Th) sarah_steppacher@ccpsnet.net

Ms. Piotrowski works primarily with 2nd -5th grades.
Ms. Steppacher works primarily with K-1st and CBG Academy classes.

Who is a school counselor?

A school counselor must earn a Master’s Degree in school counseling and hold state certification in school counseling to include counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

The primary role of school counselors is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential socially, emotionally, and academically. The school counseling program provides students with early interventions as well as preventative strategies to ensure that all students achieve success in school and in life.

Group Counseling
Group counseling is used frequently with students experiencing commonly shared concerns and/or developmental difficulties in areas such as interpersonal relationships with peers and adults, home problems, school attendance, and academic under-achievement. In such situations, emphasis is on problem solving and the development of positive attitudes and effective personal skills.

Written parental permission must be obtained before a student can participate in group counseling. Each group will run for approximately six to eight weeks. Sessions will be 30 minutes once a week.

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling provides a confidential setting in which students are encouraged to examine and understand feelings, attitudes, concerns, and behaviors. Students can be referred to us by parents, teachers, or administrators. Students may also refer themselves by filling out the form that will be placed in each classroom.

Parents will be informed when individual counseling is being considered. Written parental permission must be obtained before individual counseling sessions can begin.

School Counselors serve all students through core curriculum guidance lessons! We visit each classroom once a month to teach lessons on various social/emotional, academic, and future-focused topics. Some lesson topics may include:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Career Exploration
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Promote Respect/Bullying Prevention
  • Mindfulness
  • Encourage your child to begin studying as soon as he/she learns about an upcoming test or quiz.
  • Students should study a little each night rather than cramming.
  • Read, Cover, Remember, Retell (Students read something, cover it up, remember what it was, and retell it to someone.)
  • Remind your child to review the material on the day of the test or quiz.
  • Create and use flash cards with your child.
  • Invent fun things to help your child retain information (memory, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, associations, etc.)
  • Make sure your child has a set place at home to study. Be sure it is a place that is free of distractions.
  • Review returned tests and quizzes with your child to ensure they understand the corrected answers.