Role & Purpose:
The role of Crater Campus Counseling Office is to assist students in their social relationships, personal growth and academic adventures – assisting students as they overcome obstacles that may interfere with their personal growth, development and learning. We also serve the larger goal of supporting students in becoming responsible, productive citizens through realistic goal planning, academic support, assistance In future college and career planning.
* Individual Counseling
* Small Group Counseling
* Teacher/Parent Consultation
* Classroom guidance
* Community Referrals
* Academic Monitoring
* 504 Coordinator
Individual Counseling: Teachers or parents may refer students (or students may self-refer) for individual (one-to-one) counseling. This is counseling is for immediate, acute problems that can be resolved in a relatively short period of time. It is not within the scope of the Counseling Office to provide therapeutic long term, on-going counseling to individual students and these services may be referred to an outside agency. If determined necessary, the counselor will contact the student’s parent/guardian and assist in providing referrals to appropriate private or community agencies.
Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling (4-6 students) is provided according to the identified need of the school population determined through either questionnaires or student requests. These groups usually meet once a week over a six to eight week period and focus on such topics as anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem, or social skills. In order to participate in small group counseling, students must have a signed permission form from their parent or guardian if they are under the age of 14.
Teacher/Parent Consultation: Counselors work with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals to plan and implement strategies and programs to help student success.
Classroom Guidance Activities: Counselors may provide classroom guidance activities to individual classrooms on specific topics identified by the administrator, support office or teachers. These guidance activities may include positive behavior support lessons linked to student behavior, conflict resolution or school safety.
Community Referrals: The Crater Campus Counseling Office works closely with outside community agencies who provide social/emotional/economic services above and beyond which can be provided in a school environment. We also have our La Clinica based health center on our campus who offer medical and therapeutic services to our students. ( Their phone number is on our Crater Campus web page).
Referring students to the counselor: Teachers can refer a student to the counselor by completing a “Counselor Referral Form” or by E-referral. The student will be called down to the counselor’s office as soon as it is feasible. Due to the possibility of the counselor being in a conference or on other duties the referral will be attended to as soon as it is possible.
Students may also request to see their counselor by filling out a “request form” which are located at each of the schools student offices (BIS, CRA, CAHPS). After completing the request form the student can drop it into the counselors (Ms. Grush) door mail slot (Room 35) next to the library. Students exhibiting extreme emotional distress or depression, harm to one-self or others, or possible neglect or abuse should be sent to the counselor’s office immediately and will be seen.
Confidentiality: All information disclosed to the counselor will be regarded confidential and privileged except for those situations which require disclosure by State or Federal Law. Situations requiring mandatory reporting include: possible abuse or neglect, possible danger to one-self or others and court order.
Restorative Justice : A referral to the counselor is considered a part of the progressive restorative process when their has been harm to someone. The role of the counselor in Restorative Justice is to conference with the student to assist them in gaining a full understanding of the consequences of their behavior/problem and work to solve appropriate solutions. Restorative justice, is a process to help a students understand how their behavior may impact others. RJ is used to help students take ownership of negative behaviors and work towards improving personal positive behavioral goals and restore harm done to another.