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    School Counselors 

     
    Ms. Krista Deckhut Gr. 6-8
     

    GOAL: It is the goal of this counseling program to offer support services to the students, their parents, and the teachers of Bedminster Township School. Through the coordination with the individuals who have impact on the child, and with the child himself/herself, maximum effort can be directed toward helping students become responsible, emotionally healthy individuals who are capable of utilizing their full potential.

    School Counselor Services

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    Services

    A. Direct services to students

    • Individual counseling
    • Group counseling
    • Classroom lessons
    • Peer mediation/conflict resolution

    B. Direct services to teachers, administrators and other staff members

    • Staff consultation
    • Staff collaboration
    • Parent/teacher conference
    • Intervention & Referral Services (I & R S)
    • Section 504

    C. Direct services to parents/guardians

    • Parent consultation
    • New Student Tours
    • Community Resources
    • Parenting programs:
      • Workshops
      • Child Assault Prevention (CAP)
      • Orientations

    D. Indirect services coordinated by counselor

    • Community resources coordination
    • Character education coordination
    • Anti-Bullying Specialists
    • CAP coordination
    • Monthly Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) meetings
    • Coordination with Somerset County Youth Services
    • Johns Hopkins Program Coordination
    • Tutor-Mentor Program
    • Grant Writing:
      • Somerset Hills Municipal Alliance Commission
      • Somerset Hills Youth Service
      • Child Assault Prevention (CAP)

    E. Program leadership and development

    • Program evaluation
    • Counselor professional development
    • Section 504
    • School Safety Team Members
    • Articulation with Somerset Hills School District
    Groups

    Classroom Lesson Topics
    • Counselor Introduction
    • Responsibility
    • Feelings
    • Making  Appropriate Choices
    • Friendships
    • Problem Solving
    • Anger Management
    • Conflict Resolution
    Classroom Guidance Topics
    • Being Unique
    • Respect
    • Communication
    • Compassion
    • Teasing/Bullying
    • Drug Awareness  (Red Ribbon Week)
    Classroom guidance topics vary with needs of classes.
    Additional Programs
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Character Counts
      • Red Ribbon Week
      • Week of Respect
      • Child Assault Prevention
      • Violence Prevention Week
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    Small Group Counseling
    Small group counseling is an opportunity to work with several students on areas of special common concern. We work with groups of about 6 students once a week for six weeks. We will meet for approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Group offerings may vary due to the amount of students who are referred. Please read the goals of the possible small group topics below.

    It is very important that a student be properly placed in a group for the group to work. If you are concerned about a student and none of the proposed groups seem to meet his/her needs, please contact us.
     
    Some students may have greater needs that go beyond the scope of the school counseling department.  Resources for outside services are always available for familes upon request.
     
    Its our goal to work collaboratively with families in order to faciliate change in the lives of our students.
    Small Group Counseling
    Friendship
    Friendship/Social Skills
    Goals: To experience positive interaction with others; to learn that each person has special strengths, skills, abilities feelings, and needs; to learn how our thoughts about ourselves and our abilities influence behavior; to learn how others perceive our behavior; to learn how to pick up on social cues.

    Who might benefit? The student may have:  difficulty “fitting in”, picking up on social cues, making friends or is new and needs help with   adjusting and making friends.

     
       Anger Management Group
    Anger Management/Conflict Resolution
    Goals: To develop alternative ways to handle problem rather than aggression; to learn how others perceive one’s actions; to learn to make decisions based on possible consequences
    of those actions.

    Who might benefit? A student with aggressive behavior or lacks self control.

     Self Concept Group
    Self-Concept Group
    Goals: To value one’s own special strengths, skills, abilities, feelings and needs; to learn how a person’s thoughts about themselves influence behavior; to recognize one’s ability to interact with others.

    Who might benefit? The child with low self-esteem; the shy, non-assertive child.

    Family Change Group
     
     Family Change Group

    Goals: To identify and clarify students’ feelings and behaviors concerning their family’s change through divorce, separation, or death; to help students gain a realistic picture of the family’s new situation and make effective decisions; to give students the opportunity to learn new communication and coping skills.

    Who might benefit?  A child whose family dynamics have shifted. This child may be having difficulty coping with the change, or has not had an opportunity to learn necessary coping skills.