Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Melissa Dedmond

What does a School Counselor Do?

-Help students with academic, career, personal/social concerns and any other problems that they may face.
-Facilitate lessons which are preventative in design and deal with matters of character and building skills to support character building.
- Bring students together in groups to work together on a variety of topics and learn new skills.
-Work with parents, teachers, and administration in collaboration, consultation, and offering information on additional resources.
-Provide support to the school community.

How can a Student see the School Counselor?
-teacher, administrator, or staff referral
-parent referral
-peer referral
-counselor observation

The School Counselor keeps information confidential unless disclosure is required.
Will inform parents and/or appropriate authorities when the student’s condition indicates:

Harm to Self
Harm to Others
Harm from Others

When should you Refer Students to the School Counselor?

The following should be considered emergency referrals and referred immediately:
-Suspected evidence of child abuse, physical, or mental 
-Signs of self-injury
-A child who cries or gets sick daily
-A child who becomes unable to function in a normal way
-Any behavior change in a child that is sudden or unusual.
-A child undergoing a traumatic family experience
-Indications of mounting hostility between a child and a teacher or her/her peer group 

Other referral topics include, but are not limited to…
-Academics       -Anxiety     -Anger     -Coping Skills     -Goal Setting
-Grief and Loss     -Deployment    -Divorce and Separation    -Friendship
-Loneliness     -Bullying or Relational Aggression    -Stress
-Social and Communication Skills     -Underachievement    -Mediation
-Family Concerns    -Managing Feelings     -Impulse Control