KCS has a comprehensive program that consists of four main components:
Individual Counseling: A process that allows students to express their feelings and concerns in a safe environment. Counselors can help students set goals, promote self understanding, personal growth, and provide support.
Group Counseling: A process that seeks a group of students to explore similar issues and/or concerns. Students come together in a safe, non-threatening, positive, and confidential environment. Group counseling sessions topics can include divorce, coping with grief, social skills, study skills, self-esteem, anger control, and stress management.
**Please note-individual and group counseling services are not replacements for therapy. School counseling is typically short term and solution focused in nature.**
2. Consultation/Collaboration: The main job of a counselor is to communicate, communicate, communicate! The counselor works with teachers, administrators, and school specialist to advocate in the best interest for all students.
Communicating and collaborating with parents is an essential part of the counselors role. It is important for parents and school staff to be on the same team in order to best service the needs of your "whole" child.
Counselors also collaborate with community agencies to help your child when they are not in school. Counselors can provide a full range of resources for your child in Monmouth County. Additionally, please check the "Parent+School Together" Bulletin Board in the main office for updates and notices of community happenings.
Please contact me to set a meeting to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to your child.
3. Classroom Guidance
School Counselors provide developmental classroom guidance lessons to help students understand themselves, others, and the world around them. These lessons consist of a variety topics including character education, bullying, tolerance, friendship, and career readiness. All lessons are tailored to be meaningful for each grade level.
Additionally, School Counselors share resources, ideas, and strategies with classroom teachers to address specific concerns and problems within the individual classrooms.
School counselors coordinate with teachers, administrators, parents, and community resources to ensure all students are functioning at their optimal potential.
**Please note-KCS's counseling program is based on and supported by the standards of The American School Counseling Association.