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Rashkis Counseling Program Services

Core Curriculum
Interactive and thought-provoking lessons are delivered by the school counselor to all classrooms, reaching all students. Lessons are structured to align with the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) National Student Standards, which provide competency goals that support students in all three developmental domains: Academic, Personal/Social, and Career. Lesson topics include bullying prevention and intervention, friendship and social skills, character education, diversity, study skills and future career planning.

Group Counseling
Small counseling groups serve students with similar needs in an efficient and effective manner. In group counseling, students learn from each other's experiences and support one another in their efforts to create positive change. Group counseling sessions are held once or twice a week, for a total of 6-8 sessions. Students can be referred to participate by a teacher, counselor, parent/guardian, or by the results of a needs assessment. Group topics may include Kindergarten and Middle School transition, friendship and social skills, stress and anxiety, anger management, self-esteem and self-control, homework, study skills, and family changes.

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling is offered to students seeking or referred for help within any of the three developmental domains (Academic, Personal/Social, Career). The basic process of individual counseling is as follows: establish a relationship, determine the student's needs/goals, identify student strengths and possible barriers to success, come up with a plan to make positive change, implement, then measure their progress. The number of individual counseling sessions a student will participate in depends on the nature and complexity of the presenting problem or goal. 

Responsive Services
Responsive services encompass any remedial actions taken by the counselor that are prompted by a need or a threat to students' positive development, success, or safety. The professional school counselor serves as an advocate and a resource for students and their families, while also supporting teachers and other school staff who are in need of assistance. These services may include:
  • Individual or group counseling
  • Consultation with parents, teachers and other educators
  • Referrals to other school support services or community resources
  • Peer helping
  • Psycho-education
  • Intervention and advocacy at the systemic level (ASCA, 2009)