What does a counselor do?

An elementary school counselor strives to provide an equitable education to all students as they transition through the early years of their education.

We aim for excellence in academics, personal and social development, as well as career interest and development.

Examples of ways a school counselor help your student:

  • Individual counseling
  • New student orientation
  • Conflict mediation
  • Group counseling: friendship, social skills, and anger management
  • Delivering classroom guidance lessons
  • Organizational strategies, tips and study skills
  • Support during times of personal crisis*Individual on-going counseling services will require parental permission.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?

  • Concerns over academic achievement
  • New Student: registration and orientation
  • Family difficulties or concerns
  • 504 consideration and monitoring
  • Student or Family health problems

How do Parents Contact the School Counselor?

  • By calling the school and requesting an appointment or phone conference
  • Sending an email requesting an appointment

How does a Student See a Counselor?

  • Self-referral or parent referral
  • Request of the counselor
  • Teacher/Administrator

Confidentiality and Conformed Consent
A school counselor strives to build trust with the students they work with. In order to build trust they must maintain confidentiality. It is essential that students and parents are informed of the parameters of confidentiality.

Additionally, it is their ethical and legal duty to disclose to students in an appropriate and culturally sensitive way the potential risks, benefits and alternatives to proposed counseling.

What your child says during counseling is confidential, however, there are some exceptions that you should be aware of. A counsleor is required by law, and by professional ethics, to break confidentiality if:

  • They believe your child presents a threat to themselves or others.
  • They become aware of, or suspect, child or adult abuse or neglect.
  • When ordered by the court.

If you have any questions about informed consent and/or confidentiality please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Gwendolyn.

Gwendolyn Kaplin

As the school counselor it is Ms. Kaplin’s job to establish a support network for each and every student to succeed, with a focus on academic personal/social and career development issues.

Phone: (503) 621-3426

Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.