Counseling

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the educational environment in three domains: academic, personal/social and career. The comprehensive program at Grange Hall provides counseling, instruction, support and information to access community resources for our K-5th grade students and their families. Because of our collaborative approach teachers, parents and counselors work together to help students succeed in areas of: academic achievement, accountability, productivity, dependability, self-expression, self-control, social integrity, decision-making, conflict resolution and/or self-determination. The ultimate objective is to foster the development of personal responsibility and to promote skills required to become successful 21st century citizens.

Counseling Department Philosophy Statement:

The school counselors believe:
All students have dignity and worth and have the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program.
All students have a capacity to learn and are entitled to academic support.
All students will be provided with a school counseling program that will be consistent with expected developmental stages of learning and differences in learning styles.
And that the school counseling program should:
Be planned and coordinated by state certified school counselors in consultation with other representatives of the school and community.
Engage students in classroom, group and/or individual activities to enhance student learning.
Provide academic, career, personal and social development for every student.

And that all school counselors:
Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.
Shall participate in professional development essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.

What can a school counselor do for me?
A school counselor can…
Meet together with parents and the classroom teacher to discuss concerns about their child, particularly related to social, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Provide parents with resources in the community to meet long-term counseling needs for their child and their family.
Work with parents and teachers to develop a behavioral plan for a child who is experiencing behavior difficulties in school.
Lend out videos and books for children and parents on a variety of topics.

What can a school counselor do for my child?
A school counselor can…
Meet with a child who was referred to the counselor by themselves, their parents, their teacher, or an administrator.
Work with students to develop academic goals in order to optimize their school performance.
Help children express and deal with feelings of grief regarding the death of a family member, friend, or pet.
Provide a safe, confidential environment for children to talk about a separation or divorce in their family, or other issues of concern.
Help children resolve conflicts with peers.
Include children in small groups on a variety of topics.
Teach guidance lessons in the classroom on a variety of topics.

Ms. Copp has been a school counselor in Chesterfield County for 24 years.  This is her ninth year working at Grange Hall. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking and creating pottery.

My name is Tammie Murray and I am the itinerant school counselor at GHES.  I work Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I have a Master of Education in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  I have been a school counselor in Chesterfield County Public Schools for the past 15 years.  I have worked at all levels K-12 and currently love being an elementary school counselor where I attended school in Moseley, VA.  Go Bulldogs!  I love board games, traveling, running and exercise.  I also co-sponsor our Running Bulldogs Run Club.  You can reach me at tammie_murray@ccpsnet.net

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is available to all students in need. A request for individual counseling may be made by a parent, teacher, administrator or student. Students are able to express concerns in a safe environment where problem solving can take place. Topics of concern may include: friendship, grief, anger management, anxiety, family changes and school attendance.

Techniques often used during individual counseling sessions are:
role playing, puppetry, storytelling, goal setting, counseling game playing, creation of art work and discussion.

Although we provide a multitude of services for students, intensive, long-term counseling is not available through the school counseling program.

Group Counseling

Small group counseling consists of several students, facilitated by the counselor, who are facing normal developmental issues. The small group setting serves as a way for students to talk about feelings and concerns with other children who have similar needs.

Each session is approximately 30 minutes and takes place once a week over six-eight weeks. Group times are coordinated with classroom teachers so as to disrupt as little instructional time as possible. Some examples of small groups are:

  • Anger Management
  • Changing Families (divorce/separation/adoption)
  • Friendship (social skills)
  • Feeling Better About Me (self-concept/getting along better)
  • Grief and Loss

Classroom guidance lessons

Classroom guidance lessons are extremely important in the school setting.  Classroom guidance allows a counselor to be proactive in a variety of areas to a large number of students.  Guidance lessons are effective and time efficient.

  • Academic/Educational Domain (K-5)
  • Personal/Social Development Domain (K-5)
  • Career Development Domain (K-5)

In assuming these responsibilities, the school counselor strives to:

  •  Aid children in academic development
  •  Foster more effective learning climates for children
  •  Help children develop healthy self-concepts
  •  Assist children in developing self-direction
  •  Provide opportunities for children to establish good relationships with others
  •  Encourage wholesome attitudes toward the world of work and a desire to contribute