Counselor's Corner

Holly Asdell, LCSW

School Social Worker
812-269-6125 (text only)

Vienna-Finley Elementary School counseling program received the Gold Star award in 2014.  
Schools that have obtained the Indiana Gold Star status have demonstrated that they have a comprehensive and accountable school counseling and guidance program, aligned to Indiana School Counselor and Student Standards, as well as national (ASCA) standards. Participating schools and school counseling programs will implement a plan that includes the establishment of a program vision and mission, data-based accountability, standards-driven student guidance activities, counseling and advocacy, program management, the alignment of resources and an annual improvement plan.

School Counselors help students by . . .
  • Promoting positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
  • Assisting students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities. 
  • Developing and delivering classroom guidance lessons that teach skills such as healthy decision making, resolving conflicts and respecting others.
  • Working collaboratively with students, parents and teachers to identify and remove barriers to learning.
  • Supporting students by teaching skills for achieving success. 
  • Counseling with students individually and in groups.
  • Providing support during personal crisis.

Counselors are the heart of the school by . . .

  • Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn.
  • Coordinating referrals to outside agencies.
  • Helping design interventions to enhance student success.
  • Helping parents, teachers, administrators in learning how to meet the needs of all students.

How does a student get to see the School Counselor?

  • Self-referral
  • Request of the counselor
  • Parent referral
  • Principal, teacher or other staff referral
  • Referral by friend(s)

Students will not be seen by the counselor for individual or group counseling without parent/legal caregiver consent. Consent can be given verbally to the principal, the teacher, or to the counselor. Most generally, the counselor will send home a written permission slip. Permission can be withdrawn at anytime by parent request. Counseling and guidance services are available to all students.

About Mrs. Asdell

Holly Asdell graduated from Scottsburg High School. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and earned her Master's degree in Social Work both from the University of Louisville. She obtained a license to practice clinical social work in 2006. She has worked for the Department of Child Services, Christopher and Associates Evaluation and Counseling Center, and Schneck Medical Center.  She is a member of Indiana School Social Workers Association.   Mrs. Asdell is a registered mediator with the state of Indiana.  Mrs. Asdell is the co-owner and operator of Child and Family Advocates, LLC.  When Mrs. Asdell is not working with students at Vienna-Finley Elementary School she enjoys spending time with her family and working for Child and Family Advocates.  

Mrs. Asdell believes . . .

  • All children have dignity and worth as human beings.
  • Children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others. 
  • Children who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.
  • Children are capable of making responsible choices
  • Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes toward learning, self and society
Resources for parents and teachers


Mental Health


*Please contact Mrs. Asdell if you are considering counseling for your child and would like a list of local mental health providers. -substance abuse and mental health services administration -national institute of mental health -anxiety disorders association of America -children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Parenting -parenting information and resources -the national parenting center




Community Resources -suicide prevention resource center -suicide prevention and resource information -resources for military families -Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, information on programs such as Hoosier Healthwise, Food Stamps, TANF, childcare finder, etc.

Other Resources: - College/Career -information about drug rehab options