John Muir Elementary Counseling Department Mission Statement:
Mrs. O’Neal collaborates with staff, students, families and the community in support of an environment that fosters social-emotional growth, encourages academic excellence, and inspires post-secondary success for all students.
What does a School Counselor do?
- Teaches classroom guidance lessons to entire school
- Conducts small groups based on the needs of the school
- Provides crisis counseling to those with an immediate needs
- Will provide community information to parents that are interested in seeking therapy for students needing ongoing or long term counseling
- Provide support for school staff by assisting in parent conferences and checking in with students individually
- Provide support, education and resources for parents on a variety of topics
The school counseling program is based upon a comprehensive model that provides services to students, parents, school staff in the following areas:
- School Guidance Curriculum
- Structured research supported lessons designed to support the students’ in all aspects of their lives including their personal social development, careers, and academic success
- To provide all students with knowledge and or skills appropriate to their developmental level
- Individual Student Planning
- Guidance, support, and activities designed to help students establish personal goals and develop future plans
- Responsive Services
- Preventive activities and or intervention crisis counseling that meets students’ immediate needs in order support academic success
- If you think your child should see the counselor, Please fill out the “Request for Counseling” section
- System Support
- Professional development, consultation, collaboration, program management and operation
Permission and Disclosures
As a parent or guardian you have the right to decline certain educational services such as school counseling. If you do not want your child to be seen individually or in a group setting, please contact the school Principal and provide a written statement.
School counseling is considered a regular educational service and therefore students can be seen without parent consent. However, as a good faith practice I will not see students in a group setting without first receiving parent permission. I also will not provide mental health therapy services to students, but I would be happy to provide information about community resources if you feel your student is in need of additional support.
The Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling Credential authorizes the holder to: 1) develop, plan, implement and evaluate a school counseling and guidance program that includes academic, career, personal and social development; 2) advocate for the high academic achievement and social development of all students; 3) provide school-wide prevention and intervention strategies and counseling services; 4 ) provide consultation, training and staff development to teachers and parents regarding students' needs; and 5) supervise a district-approved advisory program as described in Education Code Section 49600"
Limits to Confidentiality (during distance learning)
It is understood that there are risks and consequences from virtual school counseling that are beyond the control of the school counselor.
Although the internet provides the appearance of anonymity and privacy in counseling, privacy is more of an issue online than in person. Texting, e-mail, phone calls and videoconferencing aren’t fully secure modes of communication. Please understand the potential risks of confidentiality being breached through your personal unencrypted email, lack of password protection or leaving information on a public access computer. Other potential risks of breaching confidentiality could include messages failing to be received if they are sent to the wrong email address. Confidentiality could be breached in transit by an unauthorized person, internet service providers or by others with access to the guardian’s or student’s account/ computer. Students/ Guardians accessing the internet from public locations or shared locations with the home should consider the visibility of their screen to people around them.
The counselor has a right to his or her privacy and may restrict the use of any copies or recordings the client makes of their communications. Students, Guardians and or any other person associated with the student must seek the permission of the counselor before recording any portion of the meeting. It is strictly prohibited to post edited or unedited meetings, images of the counselor or counselor communication on the internet.
If you would like the counselor to share information with a third party, such as a community counselor, psychiatrist, social services worker, or pediatrician, you will need to sign an additional release of information form.