Our Counselors are a Vital Part of our Community
As part of a comprehensive counseling program at Lipscomb Elementary School, school counselors serve students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. Some of the services include:
- Advocating for and inspiring healthy development
- Teaching classroom guidance to all students through “Life Skills”
- Consulting with parents, teachers and administrators
- Developing parenting workshops, resources, and an advisory board
- Monitoring all 504 accommodations
- Promoting school-wide special events (such as Red Ribbon Week & Random Acts of Kindness Week)
- Sponsoring our Student Council (fourth and fifth grade leadership & service learning program)
Elementary School Counselors help students learn the skills and attitudes necessary to be successful learners and citizens. They emphasize to students that the classroom is their first workplace. Developing skills in communication, decision-making, interpersonal relationships, and career awareness are all important in life. In fact, they are also foundational in a counseling relationship. School counselors strive to build rapport and trust as they maintain the highest professionalism and follow their ethical code for confidentiality. The Lipscomb Counseling Team follows the American School Counseling Association’s national model as presented below. They especially strive to practice and model the targets of advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change.
Counseling Program Outreach + Parenting Education + Community Partners – DARE Brentwood Police Officers – I.C. Hope (Mental Health of Middle TN) – Kids on the Block (character education puppetry)
Our Guidance Counselors are available to meet with students one-on-one for individual counseling needs.
If you feel that your student is in need of additional support to reach their potential socially, academically, or personally, please email Megan Thiel to express your concerns. We want Lipscomb Elementary School to be a safe environment for all students, emotionally and physically.
Small Group Counseling
Our Guidance Counselors also meet with small groups of students and hold lunch bunches on related topics determined by the needs of the student population.
Small groups of students (typically 3-6) who have similar needs meet throughout the school year with one of our Guidance Counselors in order to develop personal skills. This helps the students understand that they are not alone in dealing with difficult situations and that they can support each other.