About School Counseling
About West Ada School District Counseling Services
School counselors are vital members of the education team found in each West Ada school building. Through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, school counselors assist all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, to ensure that today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. School counselors provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and guidance curriculum. School counselors also help connect students and their families to a variety of community resources.
Each school counselor or school social worker has a Pupil Personnel Certificate from the Idaho State Department of Education. The minimum education requirement for this certificate is a master’s degree in school counseling or social work.
School Counseling at Chaparral Elementary
The School Counselor:
- Promotes a safe, caring, climate and a positive school experience for all students
- Guides and supports students with personal, social, and academic goals
- Encourages students to have healthy perceptions of themselves
- Inspires students to show kindness, respect, and empathy toward others
- Advocates for students, and empowers students to make positive choices, by using appropriate tools for problem-solving and decision making
The Role of the School Counselor:
- Offers short-term, individual and group counseling (group counseling is based on need & availability).
- Teaches whole group class lessons with district approved curriculum
- Observes students in various settings
- Consults and collaborates with parents, staff, students, and community agencies
- Provides community referrals and resources for families
- 504 Accommodation Plan Coordinator
- Provides support during a crisis.
The School Counselor's Referral Process:
- Referrals typically come from parents, staff, and students
- Students can stop by the counselor’s office (with teacher permission), and fill out a request slip, or bring their own note, and place it in the counselor’s mailbox. Or, students can ask their teacher to contact the school counselor for them.
- Staff and parents may contact the counselor at any time via phone or email
Typical Reasons to Visit the School Counselor:
- Handling feelings
- A school related problem
- A family issue
- Friendship assistance
- Reporting a concern
- New to the school
- Peer Conflict vs. Bullying
Counseling & Confidentiality:
Information a student shares with the counselor is confidential. The student's right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school rules. As required by law, there are limits to confidentiality. A school counselor is obligated to release confidential information when:
- The child is in imminent danger
- The child is threatening to harm himself/herself or someone else
- The child reports an incident of abuse and/or neglect
- The student has broken the law
- There is a court order to provide testimony of student record
Please Note: School counselors do not provide on-going individual counseling or therapy in the school setting. Referrals to outside agencies and services are available for your child upon request for a wide range of mental health or situational concerns.