What’s available at St. Bridget?
Short-term individual counseling is available to students at the request of parents/guardians, students, and teachers to meet the needs of all students expressing difficulties dealing with academic achievement, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. When a structured series of individual counseling sessions is deemed appropriate, parental permission is requested and parental reinforcement of concepts introduced in counseling sessions is encouraged.
Small Group Counseling:
Group counseling is available to all students and may be requested by students, parents/guardians or teachers. Groups last about 6 weeks and provide students the opportunity to work with and receive support from peers who share similar challenges. Parental permission letters will be sent home prior to group participation. Some of the counseling groups that will be available this year include friendship and self-esteem, anger management, separation and divorce, grief & loss, study skills, and social skills.
Our school counselors present lessons in every classroom (JK-5) each month that teach skills such as listening skills, conflict resolution, bully proofing, study skills and test-taking strategies, appreciating diversity, character education, social skills and career exploration.
How Does A Student See The School Counselor?
- Students may ask their teacher to see the counselor. The teacher may decide to send the student to see if the counselor is available or can email the counselor to get the student at a good time.
- Parent(s)/guardians may contact Mrs. Ellis or Miss Hurley to meet with a student. This can be done via phone or email.
- The counselors may request a meeting
- Referrals may be made by teachers or administrators
Reasons a Parent May Want to Contact The School Counselor?
- Concerns over student achievement or behavior
- Family health problems
- To discuss effective parent/child communication
- To discuss special needs of his/her child
- Assistance in locating & coordinating community resources
- Early discussion on potential crisis
- Family changes, difficulties or concerns
Kathleen Ellis, JK-4th Grade Erin Hurley Director of Counseling, 5th-8th