Role of the School Counselor

School counseling services are provided in three general ways: 

  • individual counseling 
  • small group counseling 
  • whole class activities 

The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as social, family, or emotional issues, as well as, academic skill development. The counselor may also make available information about community resources to address these concerns. The counselor works in collaboration with staff and parents to best serve the needs of students.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I refer my child for school counseling services?
Please call or email 
656-2893 ext. 514
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Students are referred commonly by teachers as well.  If a teacher notices a student struggling or see a change in a student's mood or behavior, they can consult with me and determine if counseling is needed.  I will visit with the student and see if further help is needed and send a parent contact form home.  Parent permission is requested when a student will be seen for counseling for more than 1-2 visits in either a group setting or individually.  This can vary by individual student need.

Can you see my child for counseling all year?
No, school counseling is intended to be brief (3-6 sessions) so that my time is split among all students.   If your child needs further assistance, I will be happy to assist you with a referral for therapy outside of school or with our school-based therapist.

Why are students referred for school counseling?
Any barrier preventing a child from achieving his or her highest learning potential is reason to contact me for assistance.  Since I am a School Counselor, that is my primary focus; school success for all students.  If you are unsure if your child needs assistance, please contact me!  The most common topics I work on with students are; conflict resolution, classroom behavior choices, family changes, death of a loved one or pet, anxiety, and study skills.

"A student's right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won't share students' disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons."  (Brenda Melton, ASCA Journal)
Read more here:
What Parents Need to Know about Confidentiality
ASCA Position Statement


The Four Components of School Counseling Programs:

           1. Guidance Curriculum
           2. Individual Planning
           3. Responsive Services
           4. System Support

The collective goal of all educators is to prepare students for the future by helping them realize their fullest potential. As they develop, students encounter personal, social, academic and physical challenges. These challenges can best be met with the support of caring professionals and programs designed to help students become responsible and productive citizens. School Counselors are among the educators who provide these services and programs.

The School Counseling Program of Elder School District is a proactive, comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program for all students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Our program provides developmental opportunities and experiences that address three central student-development areas: personal/social, academic, and career. Counseling standards are set by the American School Counseling Association as well as our Montana and District level standards.

Elder Grove’s Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program is organized into four major components: guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support.

The guidance curriculum component includes structured experiences presented systematically through large and small group activities. The curriculum promotes student development in the area of learning to live (personal/social), learning to learn (academic), and learning to work (career) and emphasizes such skills as decision making, self-understanding, career development, and the improvement of student skills.

The individual planning component includes counseling activities to assist all students in planning, monitoring, and managing their own academic achievement as well as their personal and career development.

The responsive services component addresses the immediate needs and concerns of students. Such services include personal counseling; crisis counseling; agency referral; consultation with parent, teacher, and other professionals; and support groups.

The system support component includes indirect guidance management activities that maintain and enhance the total guidance and counseling program.

I hope you found this page helpful.  Please contact me anytime with questions about school counseling or if I can help you or your child.
Mrs. Rice