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 keeping 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.
Family Changes Group
Focuses on changes within the family structure such as a divorce, absence of a parent, new marriage, or family relocation.
Focuses on dealing with emotions present when one loses a loved one. Also, positive ways to cope with loss will be explored.
Focuses on building bonds between students by strengthening friendships.
Focuses on building social skills including to cooperation and getting along with others. Subjects addressed are sharing, taking turns, using kind words and solving problems peacefully.
I Like Me Group
Focuses on building self-esteem by exploring children’s skills and talents while sharing them 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 or self-referral. A teacher or student can fill out a referral form and leave it in the counselor’s box in the office.