Counselor's Corner

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 Permission can be withdrawn at anytime by parent request.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.

Resources for parents and teachers

Mental Health


*Please contact Mrs. Vaughn 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