I have always been of the opinion that schools impact children in ways more than the impartation of knowledge acquired from books. Of equal importance to regular teacher student interaction is counseling in schools. The benefits associated to counseling are; students are able to deal with psychological problems in a better way, issues on peer relations are taught, and it forms a bridge between the administration and the students (Wright, 2012). With this knowledge, I ventured out to interview a counselor and obtain insight in school counseling. I have learnt that school counselors help to improve, maintain and enhance emotional, social, physical, mental fitness and do develop life-long learning.
“Competent school counselors are cognizant of the research on interventions for specific problems, this enables them to use the most effective interventions to address certain populations within their comprehensive school counseling programs” (Connolly & Green, 2009). However, realistic expectations of the school counselors must also be set. Although it is important for school counselors to meet their own expectations in facilitating intervention programs in schools, not every child is as receptive to these programs. In terms of working with children of divorce, children divorce groups generally serve the purpose of diffusing children’s feelings and offer peer group support in the organic school setting (Sonnenshein-Schneider & Baird, 1980). It is vital for school counselors to provide each student with the necessary patience that is required in conjunction with each intervention program that it is facilitated.
In challenging students to be positive forces in their society, teachers are changing the course of the next generation. That’s worth a few minutes of instructional time (Gurley, 2011). By implementing character education programs, schools promote common expectations throughout the building and provide students with consistent codes of conduct. The common expectations and consistent codes of conduct have a positive effect on school climate, as well as decreasing student behaviors. As a result of decreased behaviors, classroom enga... ... middle of paper ... ...their student’s character education as well.
Research indicates that taking an individualized approach to helping depressed students in school is the most effective route. “School personnel must educate themselves on the characteristics and effects of depression, so they can provide the most effective interventions. Educators are responsible for not only meeting the academic needs of depressed students, but also ensuring their safety and welfare” (Crundwell & Killu, 2010). Research has found a few common strategies that help students organize their schoolwork, practice positive social habits, and increase focus within the classroom. The British Columbia Ministry of Education published a detailed handbook meant for teachers, principals, and other educators that goes into depth on the different strategies and how they impact students in a positive way.
I have also worked with individuals who are mentally retarded, mentally ill, or dual diagnosed. One of the many facets of my job is advocating for the consumers and their rights. Most of my work focuses on assisting these individuals in daily living skills to become more independent. I believe that my background has given me a solid foundation on which to build a successful career as a school psychologist. My objectives as a school psychologist would be: (a) to work with a variety of children and their families in an education setting; (b) to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in helping to determine the best course of action for children in need; and (c) to help children build their self-esteem.
The researcher's plan is to provide an intervention for students in the secondary level of PBIS. These student continue to struggle after they receive instruction in appropriate school behavior. Behavioral instruction alone is not effective for all students. In order to be successful at school children also need to have a positive attitude about themselves, caring relationships with adults, and the understanding that they have the capacity to learn. Unfortunately, many children do not have these things when they come to school.
It is important as a School Psychologist to meet the needs of the student. CONCLUSION In conclusion math anxiety can impact a student in many ways and its very important to help children be comfortable with math. There are long and short term effects to developing math anxiety. This paper has gone over the history of math anxiety, how it begins, the relevance of it, Prevention and management and possible interventions. This topic is important to school psychologists for many reasons.
The school does the best they can to provide a whole school approach to deal with the increasing number of mental health concerns. However, the mental health concerns carry on beyond high school. The school provides a safe environment for students to accomplish academic, social and emotional development. The leadership of a building will include effective decision making, human resource management, mission or purpose, understanding of change, relationship buildi... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Duchnowski, A.J., & Kutash, K. (2011). School Reform and Mental Health Services for Students with Emotional Disturbances Educated in Urban Schools.
The group setting may be perceived as less threatening, it helps bridge the gap in trust for children by providing a safe environment in which children can connect with others, and it allows for interactions that builds on social skills and the development of empathy for others (Thompson, 2012). Although there is value in group counseling at school, some of the problems that surface include scheduling issues, teacher resistance, and ethical concerns as well (Pérusse, 2009). Leading group counseling requires highly specialized skills (Pérusse, 2009). It is important for the counselors to have a solid foundation in group counseling theory and practice to be effective (Pérusse, 2009). As with individual counseling, counselors in this setting struggle with issues of confidentiality from parents wanting to know details of what was said but also with the issue of other students breaking confidentiality outside of group (Crespi, 2009).
For older children choice of career based on interest and ability takes precedence, although serious problems such as alcohol or drug abuse, sexual abuse or domestic violence situations, bullying and other situations that lead to severe stress are also addressed. The successful school counselor is one who takes the role of a loving parent, concerned and empathetic, able to listen and win the trust of students and with the time and self-confidence to make a difference in their lives. What Should be Taught The school counselors implement a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student achievement through a guidance curriculum, individual planning strategies, responsive services, and comprehensive school counseling program support and advocacy. The comprehensive school counseling program should meet the needs of all the students. The Role of the Counselor The school counselors meet the needs of student in three basic domains: academic development, career development, and personal/social development.