Elementary School Counselor: Katherine Hayes

Elementary school is where children develop their competence and confidence as learners as well as their attitude towards school, self and peers. Counselors play a crucial role in helping to develop the academic, social and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for career and personal success. Counselor's are there to listen, act as a guide, advocate and support students through classroom lessons, individual and group sessions. They also work closely with parents, teachers, support staff, administration, and the community to promote student success.

Counseling Services Available at Dundee Elementary

Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons are taught once a month for each grade level and are based on The 7 Habits of Happy Kids program. Each month students learn new academic, peronsal/social or career skills which correspond to the habit of the month. National (ASCA) and State (NYSSCA) standards guide the curriculum for classroom instruction. 

Lunch Groups
Lunch groups allow students to build relationships and practice social skills in a smaller setting than the cafeteria offers. The counselor invites students from all grade levels and changes up groups throughout the year to accommodate the greatest amount of students possible. Students enjoy conversation throughout their meal, and then engage in free-play with modeling and teaching sprinkled throughout the session as needed.

Small Group Counseling
Many students benefit from small group counseling to address social issues, or to help them discover that their peers have similar struggles. Students are grouped together with 3-6 peers based on similar need and development. Groups are 30 minutes, one time per week until group goals are met (typically 6-8 weeks).  Topics may include social skills, attendance, changing families, leadership, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and stress-management.

Individual Counseling
Students who prefer to work 1:1 with a counselor can receive short term individualized support in a confidential setting to address issues that interfere with achievement. Referrals for individual or group services may come from parents, outside services, teachers, or other school staff. Once referrals have been made, permission slips are sent home to families to notify them about recommended services. When issues persist long term or are not present in the school setting, referrals to outside services may be recommended to best meet the student's needs.

Contact me anytime at:
607-243-5533 ext. 7366
[email protected]

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