Here at Holy Trinity, we strive to educate the whole child. While we offer challenging academics to stimulate learning, we also value the physical and emotional growth of all our students. Social and emotional learning is a necessary part of developing a mature student who is well prepared for the challenges of the next level of learning. At our school, counseling services are available to each and every student in a nourishing and confidential environment.
The very word “counseling” may make it sound like a mysterious process but it is not. Counseling is a relationship built on confidentiality and trust: student trust, parent trust, teacher trust.
Some of the school counseling services offered at Holy Trinity include:
Virtual Guidance Lessons: Developmentally appropriate resources and self-guided virtual lessons addressing social-emotional wellness will be available for all students.
Small Group Counseling: The purpose of small group counseling is to complement and enhance students’ learning by improving their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Small group counseling provides a safe setting where children, along with their peers, can increase their self-awareness and improve their cooperation and communication skills. The goal of small group counseling is to prevent problems in the future by teaching children new skills. Students can be invited to join a group by parent request, teacher, or counselor suggestion, or by the students themselves.
Individual Counseling: The school counselor will be available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student’s educational success is being affected. The school counselor spends time working with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, and to empower problem solving methods. School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools to address psychological disorders. However, school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health crisis and needs.
Consultations: Consultations are available as needed to aid teachers, administrators and parents develop cooperative strategies which focus on engaging students in improved social emotional development.
Referrals to Outside Resources: School based counseling is sometimes not enough to fully support the social-emotional needs of a child. When more attention and intervention is needed, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.
Details of the process and requests for meetings are found in the parent portal of current Holy Trinity Families.
Kim Washington, LCSW-C