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Counseling Corner

School counseling program and resources


IDEA’s Academic Counselors facilitate the academic and personal/social development of all students. Academic Counselors are integral members of the Assessment Team. They directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of all students.


By emphasizing respect, accountability, trustworthiness, and citizenship, we serve as student advocates and partners in student achievement.


To fulfill our mission, Academic Counselors play a variety of leadership roles, serve on various teams, and support several programs, including:

  • Campus Testing Coordinator
  • Crisis Team
  • Campus Counseling Team
  • Bully-Prevention/Intervention Program
  • Social/Emotional Learning/Character Development
  • Counselors are trained leaders who promote success for all students. They collaborate with school stakeholders and use the latest data to make decisions that facilitate the success of the 21st century learner in an ever‐changing society. As a result of this support, IDEA students will:

  • Achieve to their maximum potential
  • Demonstrate academic, career-related, personal, and social problem-solving skills
  • Recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
  • Develop citizenship, communication, and employability skills to make positive contributions to the community
  • Access human and technological resources for support and information

  • Counseling Services

    What is an Academic Counselor

    IDEA’s Academic Counselors are trained and caring professionals who work with all students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community with the goal to help each student achieve academic and social success. Our counselors deliver services in four specific ways:

    School Guidance Curriculum • Individual Student Planning • Responsive Services • School Wide System Support

    Individual Counseling allows students to discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting for a limited time. Ongoing therapy is not available in the school setting, but we can connect students with outside agencies for longer-term support. Topics are based on the needs of each student and may include feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.

    Small Group Counseling allows students, sharing similar issues and concerns, too work together in a small-group environment consisting of three to six peers. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.

    Classroom Guidance/Classroom Counseling allows school counselors to develop and implement classroom curriculum as needed by each grade level. These classroom lessons address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.

    Crisis Intervention systems are used by the Counseling Team to ensure safe learning environments for all our students. All IDEA teachers and staff are trained in participating in these systems to create a safe places for your children to learn.

    Parent Resources

    IDEA encourages our parents to keep involved in the counseling support their children receive and stay informed about the latest counseling research and resources available on the web. Following is a list of links to helpful websites and resources on a variety of student counseling topics.

    School Counselor Role:

    American School Counseling Association

    Child Development:
    Connect with Kids
    Sandbox Learning

    Developmentally-Appropriate Discipline
    Scream- Free Parenting
    Keep Kids Healthy/Parenting Styles & Discipline
    American Academy of Pediatrics: Discipline Guidelines
    Comprehensive List of Parenting/Education organizations
    Stress-Free Kids

    Minimizing Summer Learning Loss:
    Minimizing Summer Learning Loss: MSNBC
    101 Worthwhile Summer Activities:

    Back to School:
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Back to School Readiness Checklist
    Simple Kids: Suggestions for building a great morning routine for your child
    Printable (morning routine checklist)

    Pacer: Kids Against Bullying

    Internet Safety:
    Common Sense Media Internet Safety (partner of Nat'l Center for Missing/Exploited Children)

    Study Skills:
    How To
    Good Homework Habits

    Diverse Populations/Special Needs:
    Overcoming Shyness in Young Children
    Childhood Depression: AACAP
    Friendship Puzzle
    CHADD-Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder

    All Kids Grieve

    Transitioning to Middle School:
    PBS Kids: Middle School Transitions
    Smoothing your Child's Transition to Middle School Making the Transition to Middle School
    National Middle School Association- Transitioning to Middle School

    Student Resources - Counseling

    IDEA encourages our students to play an active role in the counseling support they receive and stay informed about the latest counseling research and resources available on the web. Following is a list of links to helpful websites and resources on a variety of counseling topics.

    Great Emotional Intelligence (E) links:

    The Feelings Game
    Kidvision Feelings-Fun
    PBS Kids: Arthur's Feelings Game
    Julia's Rainbow Corner: Feelings Game

    Character Education links:
    "Bucketfillers 101": Kindness and Respect
    Teaching Tolerance: Diversity Acceptance

    Department of Health and Human Services: