School Counselor

A Message from Our School Counselor

I am extremely honored and proud to be your school counselor. I began my journey as a school counselor at the University of Akron where I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have spent the last four years employed at Child Guidance & Family Solutions center as a group facilitator. I have extensive experience managing large/small group behaviors with youth and collaborating with families. I graduated with my master’s degree in School Counseling from Kent State University. I am extremely passionate about the work I do and look forward to helping our falcons. I’m enthused about collaborating with staff and parents in the community to support the students in their journey at St. Francis de Sales.

Advocating for kids and empowering them with essential life skills is truly a passion of mine. My hope this year is to develop a strong counseling program to prepare kids to become the best versions of themselves. I have a strong desire to empower all students to achieve their highest potential in the years to come at St. Francis de Sales Parish School!

What are school counselors?

School counselors help promote the academic, personal, social, and emotional development of the students. The primary focus of the elementary school counselor is prevention. I work with ALL students to help them develop basic life skills and help them have a successful school year.

Services Provided

As the school counselor, I have the privilege to work with every single student in the school. I plan on working with students at the classroom level, small group level, as well as at the short-term individual counseling level. I will also be meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all students.

Classroom Guidance Lessons

Each month I will be visiting your child’s classroom to teach a lesson focusing on students’ academic, personal/social and career development. These lessons will be presented in each classroom for students in grades K-8.  Lessons will focus on developmentally appropriate, preventative lessons to all children. The topics will include meet the counselor, bullying prevention, making and keeping friends, self-esteem, career exploration, goal setting, and teamwork.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is provided for small groups of students experiencing similar concerns. Small groups provide a wonderful way for students to meet new friends and develop positive coping skills in a safe and fun environment. These may include making and keeping friends, anger management, social skills, getting organized/study skills and/or improving self-esteem. The groups generally range from 4 to 6 students and last for 6 to 8 sessions. Groups are offered on a needs basis and meet weekly for about thirty minutes. The students for these groups can be recommended by parents/guardians or by staff members. Parent permission is obtained prior to students attending small group counseling groups.

Individual Counseling

Short term one-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades K to 8. Individual counseling is a one-on-one meeting with a student to discuss a problem, concern, or issue in a confidential setting. Individual counseling sessions are short-term and each session may last between 5-30 minutes. The focus is on the development of skill, coping and strategy building. Psychotherapy and Clinical Counseling are not services school counselors are able to provide. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a list of outside counseling centers. Students may self-refer or be referred to the counselors by teachers/staff and/or parents.

Consultations

I am available to have meetings with teachers, administrators and/or parents to discuss the needs of individual students.
I am here for all students and want to ensure that your child has a productive and positive school year. If I can support your child in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent.  I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child.

Confidentiality

Please note that all information discussed is confidential between your child and I, unless they are planning on hurting themselves, hurting someone else or someone is hurting them. Confidentiality is maintained with students unless their safety is threatened or they have given permission to share information with another adult. Confidentiality is vital to the success of any counseling relationship!  It is important that students feel comfortable and safe about sharing their thoughts and feelings.

Please feel free to call me, or stop in so that we can meet face to face. I can be reached by email at missschneider@stfparishschool.org or by phone at (330) 644-0638.