Services

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School Counseling Services

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The mission of the Tennessee School Counselor Association is to actively promote excellence in the profession of school counseling and to provide member support through professional development, advocacy, leadership, accountability, and collaboration.

Role of the School Counselor

Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. School counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program. The ASCA National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, with its data-driven and results-based focus, serves as a guide for today’s school counselor, who is uniquely trained to implement this program. (From the American School Counselor Association, 2016)

Services of the School Counselor

As a part of our comprehensive, developmental School Counseling program at Mill Creek Middle School, our counselors serve our students, parents, and teachers through a wide variety of services. School Counselors promote excellence through their work in four program areas:

  1. Responsive Services- personal and crisis counseling, small group counseling, 504 and support services
  2. Classroom Curriculum- classroom lessons, character education, group activities, newsletters, and transition issues
  3. System Support- consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and administrators
  4. Individual Planning- test planning and interpretation

Bullying Policy

Students need a worry-free environment in order to do their very best in school.  Unfortunately, teasing and bullying are facts of life for our students.  While these actions are not prevalent, any incident can be discouraging to a child and disruptive to the learning process. The learning of appropriate social skills is a vital part of the educational process.

Bullying can include behaviors initiated by one or more students against a victim that are deliberate and hurtful, and are repeated over time.  The key components of bullying are that it is unprovoked and that the physical or psychological intimidation occurs repeatedly over time and creates a pattern of harassment or abuse.  Consequences for a student who commits an act of harassment or bullying shall be unique to the individual incident and will vary in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student’s history of problem behaviors.  Actions taken shall be designed to:

  • Correct the problem behavior
  • Prevent another occurrence of the behavior
  • Protect the victim of the act
  • Help the student understand how the other person feels

We believe it is imperative for the home and school to work harmoniously in helping students evolve into responsible individuals who can demonstrate good character traits while weighing the rights and interest of others at the same time.   This learning related to character developments is as important as academic achievement.   Parents, students, teachers, and administrators contribute to a positive environment where children feel safe and have an opportunity to learn.  Developing good character traits will allow students to learn empathy and celebrate everyone’s achievements. It is our goal to ensure our school environment is a place where students want to be and where they see themselves as capable of success.

If a student needs help resolving a conflict or if a student feels that he/she is being bullied, he/she should communicate with his/her teacher, one of our school counselors, or administration.

Character Education

Character education is incorporated in various ways at Mill Creek Middle School. Counselors may present various guidance lessons throughout the year, as well as in their Minors course, “Surviving 6th, 7th, or 8th Grade”. As a school wide character education initiative, Mill Creek Middle School welcomes each student into a “house team” upon entering their 6th grade year, or inaugural year for this 2016-2017 school year.  Students will stay with this team for their remaining time at Mill Creek. Throughout the school year, each house team will meet at various times to participate in character building activities, participate in team building competitions at pep rallies, and find ways to exemplify good character and leadership in their day to day classes.  There are six House Teams, each representing a different character trait.

Cobalt: Responsibility

Kiwi: Perseverance

Midnight: Respect

Silver: Trustworthiness

Teal: Caring

Titanium: Courage