Mrs. Jennifer Caplan
phone: 610-933-0610 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM
Each year when the children come to school we all look forward to a year of growth and learning for them. As you well know, they are coming to an excellent school, which offers them a fine education. The primary goal of the guidance program is to foster the children’s social and emotional growth so that they can benefit the most from their school experience.
Some children face challenges quite outside anyone’s control. Some have to face physical challenges- -diabetes, severe allergies, or poor vision. These conditions could interfere with a child’s education, but only if they are neglected- -dealt with, they can be managed and overcome. Some children face psychological challenges- -divorce of parents, alcohol abuse by a loved one, the death of someone close. If neglected, the conditions can also interfere with school work, but they too can be managed and overcome with caring and help. The school can only help, though, if it is aware of the situations. Many of your children have found that their concerns were handled with care and complete confidentiality by Mrs. Caplan in the guidance trailer. You, also, can count on my handling any discussions with parents with understanding and confidentiality. If your child is facing any special challenges in his or her life, please let us work together to help. My schedule and contact information are listed above. I encourage you to call me if you have any specific questions about the guidance and counseling program.
Thank you for entrusting your children’s education into our hands, and I look forward to a productive and exciting year.
WHAT DOES IT PROVIDE?
Guidance Classes: place to learn skills, such as how to get along with people, how to cope with stress, how to have self-confidence, and how to make good decisions.
Small Counseling Groups: place to learn skills to cope with especially difficult situations: parents’ divorce or separation, new school, social skills, death of a loved one, etc. in a small group setting.
Individual Counseling: whenever students have something on their mind that is interfering with success in school, they can talk to the guidance counselor. Students can be referred by teachers and/or parents, or the students themselves!
Referrals: If a student needs services that are not available at school, the counselor can direct parents to the right place for the appropriate services.
Consultation: Teachers and the guidance counselor can work together to improve the learning for students.
In-Service: Teacher groups for learning new skills.
Consultation: Parents and the guidance counselor can work together when a child needs extra help, for example, learning to be more responsible, reducing fighting and arguing, social skills, anger management, or behavioral and emotional issues.
Parent Groups: The guidance counselor can help moderate groups of parents working together to learn new or better parenting skills. Such groups focus on sharing experiences and successes and learning new communication and discipline techniques.
WHAT CAN GUIDANCE DO FOR YOU??
Give me a call and let me know!!