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School Counseling at Licton Springs

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Our vision is that students realize their value, act on their potential, and participate in our democracy. They seek out challenges, expand worldviews, nurture relationships, and are social justice leaders in our diverse global world.

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program. We work collaboratively to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students. We promote personal growth, resiliency-building, self-advocacy, and college and career readiness.

Em follows the ASCA National Model for program delivery and relies on solution-focused and strengths-based counseling and utilizes techniques from cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and motivational interviewing.

The Role of School Counselor

  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collaboration with Staff
  • Referral to Services
  • SEL, Mental Health, and College & Career Lessons
  • 504 Case Management

Counselor Corner

Quick Tip
Want to feel more confident and talk more in class? Strike a power pose for at least thirty seconds and think about something you are grateful for.

Box Breathing
Also known as square breathing or 4-4-4-4 breathing. This technique is quick and easy way to self regulate. Expand your belly as you inhale through your nose. Hold with your belly exapnded, then exhale through your mouth.

Did you know?
Looking at pictures of baby animals actually helps us to be more compassionate, slow down, and be more throughtful in our work.

Mood Meter: One Piece of our SEL Program
How do you learn to regulate your emotions, practice self-control, and be more mindful? You identify how you’re feeling, in th emoment! The Mood Meter is one of the tools we use especially in elementary to check in with how we’re feeloing. No matter how you are feeling, that is OK. The purpose is to identify and recognize our emotions.

Lunch Groups
Lunch groups have been a low stress way to relax, socialize, and play games with peers. They are open to all students and new groups begin every 5-6 weeks. They have been quite popular and the hope is every student will have a chance to participate before the year ends!

How are you feeling?
Take a breath!
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Middle School Mental Health Spotlight

Reframing

Reframing helps us to become more hopeful and see challenges as an opportunity. Positive reframing allows us to be more flexible and has benefits of building resiliency, reducing stress, more likely to seek new opportunities, be more open-mnded, and find joy in our lives.

One way we’re working on this skill in some classes is therough identifying and interrupting our negative thoughts. Then, putting our thoughts on trial.

  • Bossy: Natural leader, manager and director
  • Defiant: Holds strong beliefs, bold, determined
  • Demanding: knows what they want, outspoken
  • Dramatic: expressive, passionate
  • Fearful: cautious, careful, protective
  • Fussy: has storng preferences
  • Hyperactive: energentic, enthusiastic, on the go
  • Impulsive: spontaneous, instinctive
  • Inflexible: prefers order and predictability
  • Oppositional: advocates for a different perspective

Identifying Character Strengths

One enjoyalbe way to build resilience is identified through identifying what our strengths and values are, also known as our characters strengths. Once we know what our top character strengths are, we work to use them as much as possible. Every time you do something that nourishes one of your top character strengths, white it down and put it in a jar. Once your jar is full, you can use it for ideas when you’re bored, or upset and need an activity that will boost your mood!

You can identify your Character Strengths through the Positive Psychology’s program Strengths Finder.