|BLUE JAY COUNSELING CONNECTION|
SCHOOL COUNSELING CONTACT
School Counselor - Natalia Mills
Counseling Center Overview
The Counseling Centers at Mancos Elementary and Secondary Schools provides a comprehensive developmental preventive guidance program that focuses on academic, career and personal/social competencies promoting optimal development for all students. Counselors provide assistance and teach skills in individual, small group and classroom settings in the following areas:
* Academic Planning for Four Years
* Academic Success in the classroom
* Post-graduate planning
* College and Career Exploration
* Financial Aid and Scholarships
* Personal and Social Counseling
* Social Skills, Problem Solving and Decision Making
* Transcript Evaluation and High School Credit Checks
* Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences
* Test Interpretation
* Crisis Counseling
Some common questions about school counseling programs are listed below…
1) When should I call the school counselor and under what circumstances should I expect a call from the counselor?
**When something is happening in your family that may affect your child's school performance.
**If you need support, information, or counseling related resources.
**If you need Mancos staff (teachers, counselors etc…) to be watchful of your child for any particular reason and/or you need feedback about your child while they are at school.
**When a student requires coordination of services from multiple professionals (pediatrician, psychologist, academic specialists, etc.). It is often helpful to have one point of contact.
**You should expect a phone call from the counselor if concerns about your child are repeatedly brought to the counselor's attention or if the counselor has contact with your child regarding a concern that requires parental help or involvement.
2) What is confidentiality and what does it mean?
**Confidentiality means that information exchanged in a counseling session is kept private/confidential unless released by parent or student permission. School counselors are required to follow ethical and legal guidelines in maintaining confidentiality. For the safety and well being of children, limits to confidentiality include the occasional need to consult with a child's teacher or the school administrator; or the need to report to proper authorities if a student discloses that he or she is being harmed, has harmed, or is planning to do harm to him/herself or someone else.
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