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 Permission can be withdrawn at anytime by parent request.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. Asdell if you are considering counseling for your child and would like a list of local mental health providers. 

https://www.pinterest.com/hollyasdell/adhd/

www.samhsa.gov -substance abuse and mental health services administration

www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml -national institute of mental health

www.adaa.org -anxiety disorders association of America

www.chadd.org -children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Parenting

https://www.pinterest.com/hollyasdell/parenting/

https://www.pinterest.com/hollyasdell/info-for-parents/

www.kidshealth.org -parenting information and resources

www.tnpc.com -the national parenting center

Divorce

www.uptoparents.org

www.divorceinfo.com/children.htm

Grief

https://www.pinterest.com/hollyasdell/grief/

https://www.dougy.org

http://ww12.allkidsgrieve.org/

Bullying

www.teamheroes.ca/website/index.html

www.bullyinginfo.org

http://www.grabellaw.com/cyberbullying-the-new-online-crime.html

Community Resources
www.sprc.org -suicide prevention resource center

www.jasonfoundation.com -suicide prevention and resource information

http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/student-assistance/resources-supporting-military-children-and-families -resources for military families

www.in.gov/fssa -Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, information on programs such as Hoosier Healthwise, Food Stamps, TANF, childcare finder, etc.

Other Resources:
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/indiana/ - College/Career

https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/parents/ -information about drug rehab options