Welcome to the School Counseling Program at Mountain View!
I am thrilled to be joining your community to help finish the school year. I look forward to connecting with as many students and families as I can. I have been fortunate to have worked in education for 12 years, both overseas and in Colorado. I have spent the last 5 years as a school counselor and love every minute! It is truly a privelege to help students gain the skills they need to be successful in Elementary school and beyond.
What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor is a minimum Master's-level certified professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. School counselors receive training in program coordination, group counseling, individual counseling, career development, human growth and behavior, human relationships, family dynamics, social systems, data management, ethics and research methods.
There are many ways to meet with the counselor:
A student can make an appointment to see the school counselor by filling out a “blue slip,” available in their classroom or from the counselor
A parent or guardian can ask that the student meet with the school counselor.
A teacher can ask the counselor to see a student.
The counselor will coordinate with the student’s teacher to arrange a time to meet. The counselor often meets with students during Learning Zone and lunch to minimize the disruption to the student’s learning day.
Please note that counseling in the school setting must be brief in nature. If long-term therapy is desired, the school counselor can coordinate a referral to a community agency or therapist.
What types of counseling supports are delivered by a School Counselor?
Individual Counseling: A student can discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Small Group Counseling: Students who share similar issues and concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 4-6 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling: The School Counselor develops and teaches K-5 classroom curriculum. These lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, teasing/bullying, feelings, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure. Woven into classroom guidance is an awareness and teaching of the ten District 20 character traits: courage, citizenship, responsibility, integrity/fairness, compassion/caring, respect, honesty, excellence, hope and perseverance.
Should you have questions regarding your student's success or how MVE's Counseling program may be of assistance to your family, please call, email or stop by my office.
Kristi Gallego, MA, NCC, LPC, SB-RPT
Mountain View Elementary School Counselor