At Our Lady Guadalupe School we provide a safe, inclusive, and collaborative environment where all students can develop the interpersonal skills that are the building blocks to reaching their personal, academic, and career goals. Our robust school counseling program is modeled after research-based standards for student success developed by the American School Counselor Association, and is centered around empathy, respect, inclusion, and being a servant leader. Aspects of the OLG school counseling program include in-class lessons, group work, and individual counseling sessions.
Social-Emotional Learning Classes
An important part of our school counseling program is teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom, helping all students learn a variety of social skills. Throughout your child’s education at OLG we use Second Step curriculum, developed by the Committee for Children, which defines SEL this way:
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success.
You can find more information about OLG’s SEL program by going to the Social-Emotional Learning page.
Individual Counseling and Referrals
Our School Counselor is available to assist students in reaching their academic goals, learning to understand and manage emotions and social situations, and talk through any issues troubling the student. School Counselors do not provide clinical therapy sessions, however can offer counseling on a short-term basis and refer those who need longer-term support to community providers. The content of individual sessions remain confidential between the student and the counselor, except in cases of serious and immediate threats to the safety of the student. In such a case the counselor is required to report to the appropriate authorities. Families, students, and teachers can use this Counseling Request Form to confidentially request a meeting with the counselor.
Small Group Sessions
Working in a small group is one of the best ways to learn important social-emotional lessons. In small group sessions, we work through a wide variety of topics, including how to make friends (and keep them), emotional regulation, communication, dealing with a divorce/separation, and managing anxiety. If there is a particular type of group you would like your child to participate in, please contact me.
Families who are going through difficulties or would like extra support can meet with me to get help for a wide variety of needs.
I look forward to partnering with you to support your children. Please contact me Monday-Friday if you have questions or concerns.
Ms. Kim Brunskill
(206) 935-0651 Ex.124