What does a school counselor do?
Knapp Elementary has both a School Counselor and a Student Success Coach/School Social worker. While these titles might seem similar and are both a part of the school behavior team, we have many different responsibilities.
As the school counselor, one of my biggest responsibilities is teaching classroom counseling lessons. These lessons teach students social-emotional skills related to such topics as emotion management, empathy for others, how to stand up to disrespectful behaviors, and conflict management. We cover Bullying topics in depth every October and review throughout the year. Lessons also sometimes cover skills related to career exploration and academic skills for learning. Classroom counseling lessons occur in each classroom every week for 30 mins.
Another role of the school counselor is evaluate data that will support our students in the areas of Academics (grades), Behavior and Attendance. Mrs. Mullenhour supports our MTSS (Multi-tiered Systems of Support) team to create strategic interventions for students who need support in these areas. We formulate a goal for the student and track their progress frequently. The MTSS team is made up of teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Social worker and Principal. We all work together to come up with ideas to get our students back on track and successful in their educational careers.
While school counselors should not be used in lieu of community counselors for more intensive counseling support, I occasionally provide one-on-one support for students with unique short-term counseling needs. I can also provide resources for more long-term counseling needs. Additional resources ( food pantries, basic needs) is also something school counselors provide to families of our students.
Phone: 219 243-0647
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's in Liberal Studies-PNW Masters Forensic Psychology-The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Licensed Mental Health Counselor Licensed Indiana School Counselor