School Counseling Services & Social-Emotional Learning Classes

MEET OUR COUNSELOR

I am thrilled to be at OLG as the school counselor!  I have worked both as a teacher and school counselor for many years in various places, both in the U.S. and abroad.  I received my master’s degree in counseling from the University of Vermont, and then I worked as an elementary counselor for several years, both in Vermont and Washington.  I also had an opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, and I taught a pre-k class in Casablanca, Morocco at George Washington Academy.

WHAT DO SCHOOL COUNSELORS DO?
As your school counselor, my responsibilities include direct and indirect services for all students in our school.  These are outlined by the American School Counselor Association, of which I am a member.  Direct services include whole-class social-emotional learning (SEL) instruction, small counseling groups, and individual short-term counseling to help all students achieve their academic and career goals.  Indirect services include consultation and collaboration with teachers and parents/guardians to help students succeed in school, as well as connecting families with outside services, when needed.  School counselors do not provide therapy for students, but we are prepared to recognize and respond to mental health needs, providing referrals for outside therapy when that would be helpful.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING
I will be spending a large portion of my time in classrooms, teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) to all students to give them a variety of social skills they need to succeed.  Working in the classroom I implement Second Step, a comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for each grade level.  It teaches students skills in emotion management, empathy, problem solving and personal safety.  Additionally, I will be incorporating aspects of the RULER approach, the Kelso’s Choice curriculum for conflict resolution in grades K-3, and relevant children’s literature.

DIRECT SERVICES                                    
When students are facing challenges at school or home, I am available for short-term counseling, either individually or in a small group.  Some of the reasons a student may seek counseling are: grief/loss, family changes, academic struggles, heightened stress, transitions, or other situations that are impeding a student’s success at school.  If you are interested in having your child see me, please fill out this form or contact me by email or phone (see below). In addition to working directly with student, I also coordinate parent education opportunities. Topics include internet safety, mental health awareness, student developmental, and parenting skills. I am always available to partner with you to find ways to support your child – please don’t hesitate to reach out.

INDIRECT SERVICES
Besides working with students directly, I also provide consultation for teachers and parents in order to support students.  A few times a year, I will coordinate parent education opportunities. Topics include internet safety, mental health awareness, student developmental, and parenting skills. I am always available to partner with you to find ways to support your child – please don’t hesitate to reach out.  The OLG community reflects just that, community! As parents and teachers working together, we provide the guidance, and support to help each child find success in sharing their gifts!

Please contact me Monday-Friday if you have questions or concerns.

Ms. Kristin Dickerson, M.S.
School Counselor
(206) 935-0651 Ex.114

 

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