School Counseling

Corner on School Counseling

Frederick County Schools provide school counselors at all K-12 schools. The role of school counselors is to support students academically, personally, and socially, as well as introducing students to life skills which will help them be successful in careers.

Mrs. Kim Riley and Ms. Lori DeZarn provide school counseling services at Armel Elementary School. For the 2016-2017 school year, Mrs. Riley will work with students in Kindergarten through third grade as well as fifth grade. Ms. DeZarn will work with students in fourth grade. Below is a list of the three main categories of services provided to students with a brief description following:
  • Classroom Guidance: Students in all classes are taught lessons focusing on mental health SOLs or, as applicable, national school counseling standards as provided by The American School Counseling Association.  Two main components are Talk it Out (conflict resolution program adopted by Frederick County) and Anti-Bullying.

  • Small Group Counseling: When students have needs that are more personal and can’t be addressed in class, students, parents and staff may refer a child for a small group. Small groups include topics such as family changes (divorce), bereavement, self-esteem, friendship and anger management. Groups typically meet for 6-8 weeks and are usually held during lunch once a week. Other topics are offered when needs are identified by parents and/or teachers. Small groups are confidential and always positive in nature to provide the support the students need.
  • Individual Counseling: Periodically through the school year, students may need support in an even smaller setting. Individual Counseling is provided to any student with personal or social needs that hinder the child’s success at school. Individual counseling is also confidential, though children are encouraged to share discussions with parents and guardians.
How can a child be seen by the school counselor?
Parents can call the school counselor at 869-1657 to refer their child.  Teachers and students also may refer for either small groups or individual counseling.

Why is school counseling confidential?
Students need to know they have someone they can speak with. In order for students to trust the school counselor with feelings and problems, conversations are kept confidential.

If my child sees the school counselor can I speak with the school counselor?
Of course! Though a school counselor won’t share specifics, general themes can be shared as well as ideas to help. If you have any questions for Mrs. Riley or Ms. DeZarn, please call the school. We will be glad to speak with you any time!
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