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One hundred years from now it will not matter how much money you made what kind of car you drove what sort of house you lived in, but one hundred years from now the world will be a better place because you made a difference in the life of A Child.   ~Author Unknown

 

Purpose of Counseling for Students:

  •  Help you by listening to your problems and concerns
  •  Explore your feelings and how you had a good or awful day
  •  Provide a safe place to talk about anything
  •  Provide trusting relationships
  •  Develop academic, social, and friendship skills
  •  Explore what you think and feel about yourself (self-esteem)
  •  Help you be a success at school

What The Counselor Can Offer:

Individual Counseling:

Need an ear or someone to bounce an idea off of? Having trouble with a friend, teacher, or family member? One-on-one counseling is offered to all students during school hours. Sessions are kept confidential (private) and do require parent permission.

 

Three Ways Students Can Meet With The Counselor:

Fill out a note from a basket outside the Counselor's door and place the note back in the basket.

Talk to a teacher for a referral to talk with a Counselor.  

Talk with a guardian/parent for a referral to talk with the Counselor.  Your Counselor is here to help you!  Stop by and chat.  Together we will help make your school fun, safe and a great place to be. 

Confidentiality Means: whatever you talk about with the School Counselor stays private and is never said to anyone else with 3 limits:

1)       Harm Self or Others: if you plan to hurt yourself or someone else

2)       Child Abuse:  if someone is hurting you or someone you know

3)       Court: if a judge subpoenas the Counselor to talk about our counseling sessions together

If any of these 3 things happen, the School Counselor will have to break confidentiality and tell someone who can help you right away!  So, you can be SAFE.

 

Small Group Counseling:

The George G. Blaisdell's Elementary Counseling Program is designed to enhance academic, personal, social, and career awareness of all students. The program is based on the developmental stages of PreK-2nd with a primary focus directed towards education and prevention. A variety of small group sessions will be offered throughout the year to possibly include:

  • Cool Heads (Anger Management)
  • Stress Busters (Ways to Reduce Stress)
  • Family Changes (Kids with Divorced Parents)
  • Saying Goodbye (Grief and Loss)
  • Confident Kids (Self-Esteem / Self-Concept)
  • Friendship Circle (Friendship Skills)
  • Deployment
  • Child with a Loved One Incarcerated (In Jail)
  • Social Buddies (Social Skills)

Groups meet once a week (during the school day) for 30 minutes for a total of eight sessions. Parent permission is necessary for students to participate. Students attending a small group are responsible for making up missed school work. Look for a permission slip in the school newsletter to have your child participate in a small group.

* Please note that not all groups are offered at one time. Please contact your School Counselor directly to inquire about a special small group that you feel would be beneficial to your son or daughter.

Classroom Guidance Lessons: Classroom Guidance consists of a variety of lessons, activities, and themes presented to your child on a rotational schedule. Lessons are planned to appropriately address the developmental levels of students.  Please talk with your child about what he or she is learning in Classroom Guidance Lessons.  Topics for Classroom Guidance Lessons includes:

  • Anger Management Skills
  • Safety Awareness (Stranger Safety Skills) 
  • Trusting Adults
  • Friendship Skills
  • Social Skills / Manners
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention  
  • Self-Esteem
  • Problem-Solving Skills (Nine Kelso the Frog Choices/Chart) 
  • Big versus Small Problems
  • Career Awareness and Exploration
  • Character Education (Auto-B-Good Program) 
  • Safe and Unsafe Touches (Grades K-2nd) 
  • Illegal Drug Prevention (Grades 1st-2nd) 

True Colors Week Celebration: MAY 4--8th, 2015:Staff and students are encouraged to wear the color-of-the-day for each day of this week to celebrate a character word.  At George G. Blaisdell Elementary School, all students will listen to a character book based on the character word for each day.  Please help your child show their “TRUE COLORS” and celebrate character by encouraging them to wear the color-of-the-day.  Thank you! 

Monday, MAY 4th, is YELLOW to represent KINDNESS

Tuesday, MAY 5th, is BLUE to represent BEING A FRIEND

Wednesday, MAY 6th, is GREEN to represent RESPONSIBILITY

Thursday, MAY 7th, is RED to represent RESPECT

Friday, MAY 8th, is PURPLE to represent BEING SAFE

 
Mental Health Agency Information:

Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems

Administration

800 East Main Street

Bradford, PA  16701

(814) 817-1400

http://www.beacon-light.org/

 

The Guidance Center

110 Campus Drive

Bradford, PA  16701

(814) 362-6535

http://www.guidancecenter.net 

Drop a Pebble in the Water

Drop a pebble in the water

Just a splash and it's gone.

But there's half a hundred ripples

Circling on and on and on

Spreading, spreading from the center

Flowing on out to sea

And there is no way of telling

Where the end is going to be.

-James W. Foley





Counselor Connection
George G. Blaisdell Elementary School
265 Constitution Avenue
Bradford, PA 16701
PHONE (814) 362-6834