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SERVICES OFFERED

Individual Counseling

Available to High School, Middle School, & Elementary Students
 
Individual Counseling services can begin with a student, parent, or teacher referral. The counseling process will begin with signed Consent for Treatment followed by an Intake with a parent or guardian. An intake is to gather information and determine if school-based counseling services will best meet the student’s need.
Individual treatment plans and crisis prevention plans will be created collaboratively to guide the treatment goals of counseling. Clinicians use evidence-based interventions for all aspects of the counseling process.
Sessions can take place during the school day, before school, or after school hours.

Middle School Group Counseling
Small group counseling sessions will be held throughout the school year to provide students with an opportunity to connect with peers experiencing similar needs. Small groups will be held during non-core academic class periods. Confidentiality is stressed and a foundational principle of small groups. Groups will consist of 6-8 students per group and will run for approximately 8-10 sessions.
Parents, school counselor, and teachers can recommend student participation in this group. Parent written consent is required for group participation.
Social Skills, Executive Functioning Skills, and Coping Skill building groups are being offered this school year.

Social Skills Group
This group has been created to provide students with extra time to learn and enhance social skills with a small group of peers. Group participation creates a stronger sense of belonging and reduces feelings of isolation.
Main Social Skill topics include Communication skills, making and maintaining healthy relationships, setting boundaries, conflict resolution, feelings & empathy, and understanding social norms.
• Topics will be learned with an interactive approach, providing an opportunity to practice the social skill concepts in the group setting and learn from each other.
 
Executive Functioning Group
This group is designed to increase the student’s ability to learn and enhance executive functioning skills. Executive Functioning skills are valuable skills that increase a student’s ability to succeed academically and in daily responsibilities at home and in the community.
Main topics to enhance Executive Functioning skills include organization, planning and prioritizing tasks, starting a task and staying focused until a task is completed, flexible thinking skills, emotional control, and self-monitoring progress.
• Topics will be learned with an interactive approach, providing an opportunity to practice the skill concepts in the group setting and learn from each other.

Coping Skills Group
Students participating in this group will learn the skills necessary to cope or deal with difficult situations and stressors. Students will develop resiliency skills; preparing them to manage stressors with a healthy approach.
Main topics of coping skills group include: identifying and building on personal strengths, recognizing stressful situations/moments, positive self-expression and communication skills, healthy coping skill strategies, increasing skills to connect to natural supports.
• Topics will be learned with an interactive approach, providing an opportunity to practice the concepts in the group setting and learn from each other.

Crisis Intervention
In the event of a student’s school-based mental health crisis, Assurance Counselors may be utilized in addition to existing crisis intervention procedures. Assurance counselors can be present quickly and begin de-escalation strategies, assessments, and safety planning.
Current crisis certifications: ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management). Both clinicians have been trained in these interventions that equip us to manage critical events and assess/intervene with suicidality.