School Counseling

School Counseling
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Meet Mrs. Downs, Your School Counselor!!

The Seaford Elementary School Counseling Mission is to provide a safe and positive atmosphere in order to educate all students in academic, career, and personal/social development by collaborating with parents/guardians, school personnel, and community members.

 

About Me

Hello!  I'm Mrs. Downs and this is my 2nd year at Seaford Elementary School and my 5th year as a Virginia School Counselor.  I am a graduate of James Madison University and received my Master's Degree in School Counseling from Old Dominion University in 2009.  I have a husband who also works in education, and two future Seaford bulldogs, Luke and Lincoln.  My job is to help ALL children enjoy and be successful in school.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns:  898-0587.

 

 

Services I Offer:

  • Individual Counseling:  Students can be referred by self, parents or teachers
  • Small Group Counseling:  Topics include, but are not limited to: Friendship/Social Skills, Deployment, Family Changes/Divorce, Self-Esteem, and Study Skills
  • Classroom Guidance: Lessons are monthly on topics such as Character Education, Bullying Prevention, Study Skills, Diversity, etc.
  • Consultation:  with teachers or parents
  • Peer Mediation
  • Gifted Contact
  • Family Life Education Lessons

 

 

 

The counselor helps parents to ...

* promote positive home/school relationships
*understand the school program
* recognize the stages of child growth and development
* understand their child's progress in school
* accept students abilities and limitations
* identify learning problems, concerns and possible solutions
* obtain information about results of tests
* plan for referrals to outside agencies/outside professional help
The counselor helps teachers and other school personnel to ...
* provide a positive learning environment
* understand and meet students' individual needs
* determine/coordinate if special student assistance is needed
* plan and present classroom guidance activities as an integral part of the school system curriculum
* share ideas at workshops/in-service programs
The counselor helps students to ...
* achieve more in school
* understand the programs, staff, services and activities in the school
* understand their abilities, interests and limitations
* apply problem solving decision making skills to resolve problems that get in the way of learning
* learn and apply effective study habits
* understand and accept themselves
* become more independent and responsible for their behavior
* improve skills for interacting and communicating with others
* adjust to a new school
* recognize the relationship of education to the world or work

 

Ask a Counselor .....

When you need to discuss:
* attitudes toward school
* academic growth
* personal and emotional development
* relationships with teachers
* relationships with other students
* relationships with siblings
* changes in family circumstances
* available community resources