The school counselors serving Providence Middle School believe:
- School counselors design and manage comprehensive developmental programs to help students on several levels, including academic, career and person/social issues.
- School counselors are advocates for all students.
- School counselors use developmental programs to meet the needs of all students.
- School counselors conduct individual and group counseling sessions and provide information through group guidance.
- School counselors are specifically credentialed professionals who work with students, parents and others in the community to assist in student development.
- School counselors respect and value all students.
Individual Counseling is a one-to-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem or topic of interest that may be affecting their academic success. Friendship issues, stress and anxiety, conflict resolution, grief and anger management are frequent issues facing children.
Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classrooms teachers, principals, parents or through student self-referrals. Self-referral forms are available for all students and can be obtained from any teacher. Parents are welcome to call or email the counselors at any time to request an individual counseling session for their child. While students may see us at any time for brief discussions, parental permission must be granted in order for a counselor to work with a student for a series of multiple, planned sessions.
While we provide many services for students and their families, we are unable to testify in child custody matters. We are also unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students.
Small group counseling (typically 6-10 participants) needs based and usually meets once a week, for four to six weeks, during a time that is least disruptive to the student’s learning environment. Small groups provide members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other and a counselor. Group topics are chosen based upon school needs and can change from year to year. Participation, which is voluntary and confidential, requires permission from a parent or guardian. Referrals for groups are made by parents and teachers. Common topics include grief and loss, self-esteem, anger, self-control or separation/divorce.
Call your school counseling office if you have any questions about group counseling at 674-1355.
*Note: If a group is not formed because lack of need, you may contact your student’s counselor about working with your student, individually.