Counseling at Westwood Elementary
Westwood is lucky to have a wonderful guidance program that includes a Mercy counselor and two guidance counselors. The counseling program at Westwood includes classroom guidance lessons that are centered around state standards, individual and small group counseling, and family conferences. The goal is to always be available to help students with problems that may interfere with learning.
The following counseling groups are available throughout the school year based on the needs of children at Westwood Elementary. All groups are conducted in an open, interactive environment where it is safe to share thoughts and feelings with others. Children get to participate in fun games and activities with a child focus. Children abide by the code of confidentiality by keep other’s private information private. Each group devises their own agreed upon group rules. Children usually enjoy the small group setting and sharing with others.
Individual counseling is available for any child in need of a one-on-one session with the counselor to talk about good days, bad days, and how to solve one’s problems peacefully, as well as to share celebrations and progress. A student may see the counselor upon teacher request or through self-referral. A teacher or student can fill out a referral form and leave it in the counselor’s box in the office.