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 Mrs. Tara Sims
Guidance Counselor
[email protected]
There are several ways to see a counselor:
 
  • Self-referral
  • Staff and administrative referral
  • Parent referral
 
Professional school counselors are trained in both education and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and students in matters concerning the student's goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population.  
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School Counselors Implement the Counseling Program by:

School Guidance Curriculum 
 
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness
 
 Individual Student Planning 
 
  • Goal-setting/decision-making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning
Student Advocacy 
 
  • Advocate for change of components that interfere with student learning
  • Participate in School Improvement Team
  • Raise awareness of student achievement gaps
  • Advocate for individual students as needed
 
 Program Management 
 
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
 
Counseling Services 
 
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals