Counseling Services

‚ÄčClassroom Guidance

The guidance department works to visit each classroom at least one time per month (weekly in grades 4 & 5) to provide developmentally age appropriate guidance lessons on topics that can range from the following:
  • Resiliency
  • Social Skills
  • Study Skills
  • Career Education
  • Coping Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Regulation (feelings)
  • Diversity/Acceptance
  • Self-Esteem
  • Friendship Skills
  • Character Education 

Dependent upon student needs and teacher feedback, individualization of classroom guidance can be provided in both small group format and individual counseling sessions.

Group Counseling

Matthew Thornton Elementary School offers small group counseling to all of its students.  Our school counseling program can form groups based on our intimate  knowledge of student needs, parents requests or teacher feedback/input. Student support groups are held during snack time, lunch, or recess.

Small groups usually have no more than 6-8 students and session occur over a period of 6-8 weeks for about 25 minutes.   

Student support groups can focus on various topics based on student need, but the departments current focus is on teaching student to be resilient in the face of difficult situations such as divorce and grief.  Building coping skills is what we ultimately want to provide the students who participate in support groups.

Individual Counseling

Elementary School Counseling services are available to ALL STUDENTSThe services provided by elementary counselors may vary according to the needs of the school, classes, and students. Any student is welcome to visit with the counselor at his/her own request, or at the request of a parent or teacher.  In addition, counselors are available to talk with parents about any concerns they may have, and may be contacted by phone or by e-mail. Below you will find a few, brief facts about elementary school counseling:

♦Counselors honor requests for confidentiality by both parents and students; however, open communication between parent, student, counselor, and teacher is always encouraged when appropriate.

♦School counseling is usually brief lasting only one or two sessions and is not meant to replace therapeutic services that students may receive outside of school.

♦With parent permission, some students may meet with their counselor for a longer period of time to address concerns that are greatly impacting his or her academic achievement.