Guidance


Contact:  Tiffany Tinniehill 334-269-3643 Email


The mission of Chisholm Elementary School is to educate the total child in preparation for citizenship in a continually changing society. Guidance and Counseling is an integral part in seeing that this mission is completed.  The comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program is based on the belief that certain educational, career, and personal objectives are attainable when guidance is provided to all students. Inherent to the program is the belief in the unique capabilities of each individual.

Chisholm Elementary School has one full-time counselor serving a diverse population of approximately 552 students. The program has been developed in accordance with the guidelines and requirements contained in the State Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Model.  The counseling and guidance program is an integral component of the total school program, and is designed to help prepare students to meet the challenges and demands they will encounter throughout school and life.

The program is designed to meet the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies in three domains: academic development, career development, and personal/social development.

These competencies are addressed through a program delivered by the counselor consisting of the following components: weekly guidance lessons, assistance in individual planning, responsive services (individual and small group counseling for prevention and intervention), and system support.

The goals of the program include (no limited to) the development of appropriate attitudes and behaviors, the construction of a positive self-concept, planning for the future, taking responsibility, and making good choices.

A referral process is in place that allows teachers, other faculty members, and parents to refer students who they feel may benefit from individual or small group counseling. There is also a procedure in place for students who would like to refer themselves. In most cases parents are contacted to ensure that they are aware that their child was referred to the counselor. If a student has needs that the school counselor is unable to meet, the counselor confers with parent (s) and refers them to the appropriate local agency.

 

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