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COUNSELING

Stephany Coddington, Cumru School Counselor
stephany.coddington@gmsd.org

The following services are available to Cumru students.

The services children receive depend upon the recommendations of the classroom teacher, parents or guardians, or the Instructional Support Team (involving the parents and teacher).

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS

Students in grades K – 2 receive classroom guidance with the school counselor once per 6 day cycle for 30 minutes. Students in grades 3 – 4 receive classroom guidance with the school counselor once every 6 day cycle for 40 minutes.

The guidance curriculum revolves around the program called “Safe and Caring Schools” – Skills for School, Skills for Life. Social and emotional learning is the main focus of this program. Throughout the year various themes are touched upon (usually one per month, although this can vary). The themes are centered around the following areas: Being a safe and caring school community, health & personal safety, feelings, caring about others: a support system, respecting yourself and others, bullying and bully prevention, cooperation, conflict resolution, making good choices, and career exploration/awareness.

In conjunction with the lessons from these units, students listen to stories related to the topics and do activities or games. The aim of all the guidance lessons is to have students develop social/emotional skills that will help them with their relationships at school; and help them to be successful in all areas of their educational experience.

SMALL GROUP COUNSELING

Students have the opportunity (with parental permission) to participate in small group counseling with the school counselor. The groups usually have 6 or 7 students and meet once every 6 day cycle for 8 weeks. Two 8 week sessions are available to students – one beginning in October and one beginning in late January. The groups are designed to address students’ needs and are as follows:

    1. Behavior (Response to Interventions) – as indicated by the discipline system in place at Cumru. This is determined by following the color changes each month with all students.
    2. Social Skills – addresses behavior and peer relationships
    3. Self-esteem – addresses how students feel about school, themselves and their competence at being successful
    4. Families in Transition – address issues of separation & divorce
    5. Anger Management – addresses controlling and managing angry feelings (scheduled as needed)

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Some issues that students struggle with are best dealt with individually. In this case students can be seen on an individual basis, with parent permission, either once per 6 day cycle or more often if necessary. Some students need only one or two meetings in order to address a problem or issue.

Counselors can serve as a person who can help parents and students contact community resources for help outside of the school setting. Parents who wish to contact the counselor for consultation or to schedule a conference can do so by calling the school guidance office directly at: 610-775-5081 ext. 5135.

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