What are the services a counselor provides?
Alief’s comprehensive counseling program contains four components:
Helping all students develop basic life skills in the areas of self-confidence, motivation to achieve, decision making, effectiveness and responsible behavior.
With preventive and remedial interventions the counselor works with student, parents and other professionals to move students toward resolution of their problems.
Students are guided as they manage their educational and personal-social development.
School counselors consult with teachers and administrators on behalf of students, parents and staff.
What are Counseling Groups?
Groups consist of several students near the same age who share a common concern. The counselor leads activities designed to help the children develop appropriate coping skills. Groups meet once a week over a period of 4 to 8 weeks. Some types of groups are:
Help students of divorce deal with changes in the family structure.
Social Skills Groups
Help students find new ways to make and keep friends.
Help students say good-bye to someone close to them. Students address their sadness and learn coping skills.
Conflict Resolution Groups
Teach techniques of listening, clarifying issues and planning for peaceful resolution of conflict.
Alcoholism/Drug Abuse Groups
Teach students about the illness of addiction and its effect on the family. Students identify ways to survive living with addicted people.
Teach students to identify their own abilities and potential. Students learn the importance of their contribution to the school environment.
Anger Control Groups
Children learn how to be proactive as opposed to reactive in their life experiences at school.
What is Individual Counseling?
Individual counseling supports students in crisis and those having unique issues unable to be addressed in groups. Individual counseling usually happens once a week. The number of sessions varies. Individual counseling should be viewed as a short term teaching and support service rather than therapy.
How can my child participate?
If you would like your child to participate in a counseling group, or if your child needs individual counseling, please contact C. Johnson at (281)-983-8343 extension 22123 to get information on how to give your written consent for counseling.
Despite denial of permission, your child will still participate in all other counseling related services such as: classroom instruction, school-wide activities and crisis intervention.