Counseling

Feb. 7-11, 2022

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 7-11, 2022. This awareness week is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors. 



Roles and Responsibilities of the Professional School Counselor:



School Guidance Curriculum:

§  Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills

§  Goal setting and decision-making

§  Career awareness, exploration, and planning

§  Education on understanding self and others

§  Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution

§  Substance abuse education

§  Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning:

§  Academic planning

§  Goal setting/decision- making

§  Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses

§  Transition plans

Responsive Services:

§  Individual and small-group counseling

§  Individual/family/school crisis intervention

§  Conflict resolution

§  Consultation/collaboration

§  Referrals

System Support:

§   Professional development

§  Consultation, collaboration, and teaming

§  Program management and operation

§  Elementary School Counselors collaborate with the following and regarding:

§  Parents/Family: Parent education, Communication/networking, Academic planning, College/career awareness programs, One-on-one parent conferencing, Interpretation of assessment results

§  Teachers: Classroom guidance activities, Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically, Classroom speakers, At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success

§  Administrators: School climate, Behavioral management plans, School-wide needs assessments, Student data and results, Student assistance team building

§  Students: Peer education, Peer support, Academic support, School climate, Leadership development, Community/Job shadowing, Service Learning, Crisis interventions, Referrals, Support groups, College and Career education


 

Lou Ann Sarachene
Director for Counseling
Extension: 1138





Vision Statement


We intend to support our administrators, teachers, parents, and community members in preparing Sharyland ISD students, to continue in the tradition of excellence, by helping them to become responsible, life-long learners, of the highest moral character; and by providing them a safe, caring, learning environment in which to develop their academic, career and social-emotional development.


Mission Statement

The SISD Counseling and Guidance department offers a comprehensive, developmental program that addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of all students through guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support.  By advocacy, leadership, and collaboration, SISD certified school counselors assist and encourage students to maximize their capabilities and academic achievement.  In partnership with our stakeholders, Sharyland ISD counselors empower all students to be prepared for the future; and have access to the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their own self-actualization. 

    
Belief Statement

We Believe:
All students have diverse strengths, needs, and abilities that contribute to their academic, personal, social, career and community goals.
Every student has a right to receive school counseling services which are an integral part of all students' education.
Counseling programs contribute to a strong and healthy community of productive citizens.
A student's basic needs must be met for optimal learning.
School counselors are partners in education with students, teachers, parents and community members.
School counseling programs should be aligned with best practices of national standards including ethics, confidentiality and data driven program development.
The presence of a Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program positively impacts the school climate.
Our programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of each and every student.
School counselors are committed to ongoing professional development.