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    Services Provided by School Counseling Program:

    Classroom Guidance Lessons
    At STEM, the school counselor visits each elementary classroom once every two weeks to teach a 30-minute guidance lesson. The curriculums used are 2nd Step and MindUp. However, lessons are often adapted based on the needs of each class. Topics may include mindfulness, safe touches, conflict resolution, respect, identifying, expressing and regulating emotions and friendship skills.

    Small Groups
    The school counselor facilitates small groups for middle and elementary students. Topics vary based on need but may include social skills, girl’s leadership, anxiety, self-control and dealing with transitions. This is meant to be a space to build community with peers, process and practice skills. Referrals can be made by parent/guardians, staff or students. Once the topics are determined, counselor will communicate them with the community!

    Individual Counseling
    Short-term, individual counseling is available to all students. The focus is on building skills to be successful in school. Sessions last around 15-30 min, generally once a week for around 4-8 weeks. Referrals can be made by parent/guardians, staff or students. While students often see the counselor for drop-ins, parent/guardian permission is required prior to a series of planned sessions.

    Staff and Parent/Guardian Consultation
    The school counselor will often speak with staff and parent/guardians to ensure the needs of every student are being met. If you have a concern or would like support around advocating for your student, get in touch!

    School-wide Programs
    The school counselor provides support for school-wide systems such as PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) and RULER (social-emotional curriculum). If you have questions/feedback about these tools and/or would like to use them at home- talk with STEM staff! Other programs such as bullying prevention and peer mentoring are also supported by the school counselor. 

    Outside Community Resources
    If you or someone you know would like more information about long-term therapy, food bank, housing, LGBTQ/culturally-specific services, immigration, childcare, domestic violence shelters/support, or other community resources- reach out to the school counselor or view the Community Resources page.