Amanda Tolbert(843) 797-2711 ex. 2011Annabel Schizas(843) 797-2711 ex. 2012National School Counseling Week 2017We love our CPE students! We work daily to "Be the change you wish to see in the world"Happy School Social Work Week to our amazing social worker Ms. Cannon! She works at multiple schools in Berkeley County to serve our students and their families. Thanks for all you do!Meet the CounselorsWe are so excited for another great year at College Park Elementary School! As school counselors, it is our goal to help keep your child emotionally, socially and physically safe while at school. Keeping that in mind, there are almost 1,200 students at CPE! If you have any concerns regarding your child, please get in touch with us via e-mail or phone.What do School Counselors do?
School Counselors work in partnership with the school staff, parents, and the community to help students have a more positive and successful school experience. The primary focus of the school counseling and guidance program at the elementary level is prevention. School Counselors work with ALL students and our goal is to help empower students with self-knowledge, positive interpersonal skills, and coping strategies for the issues that elementary children typically face.The Professional School Counselor's Responsibility to Students
The professional school counselor:a. Has a primary obligation to the student, who is to be treated with respect as a unique individual.b. Is concerned with the educational, academic, career, personal and social needs and encourages the maximum development of every student.c. Respects the student's values and beliefs and does not impose the counselor's personal values.d. Is knowledgeable of laws, regulations and policies relating to students and strives to protect and inform students regarding their rights.
The professional school counselor:
Program ServicesAt College Park Elementary School, the school counselor's time is spent in the following manner which is consistent with the four parts in the Delivery System of the American School Counseling Association National Model for a Comprehensive School Counseling Program.
- Keeps information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed.
- Recognizes his/her primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balances that obligation with an understanding of the legal and inherent rights of parents/guardians to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives.
Time Spent per Day
35-45% of the day
This is the classroom guidance portion of our day. We see every class grades K-5 on at least a monthly basis. We do units on various character education words, including Generosity, Self-Discipline, Respect, Fairness and Cooperation.
30-40% of the day
This the “reactive” part of the day. We meet with individual students or small groups of children to help them “fix” their problems. Some of the issues addressed would be academic concerns, relationship/friend concerns, and grief, loss and family issues. We, along with the teachers are mandated to report abuse cases. We are also involved in facilitating the child’s recovery and adjustment. We hold conferences with teachers and parents to facilitate their children’s academic and personal/social development.
10-15% of the day
This component deals with all the school wide programs that support the guidance program, the school and the individual students. Examples of this would be working with school improvement planning, conducting counseling research, coordinating Red Ribbon Week, Character Education programs, writing newsletters, working with administration, groups of parents and the community.
5-10% of the day
Individual planning entails collaborating with the student’s parent and teacher to facilitate the achievement of the student’s academic, personal/social and career goals. This may involve creating an academic or personal intervention plan or collaborating with a team to create a 504 plan.