Students can request to see me by filling out a slip from the "Notes for Ms. Shaw" container located in each classroom. I also see students as a result of a teacher or parent request. During individual meetings with students, I can help children understand and accept themselves, cope with family changes and/or family crises, develop decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, anger management techniques, and problem solving strategies. The following are just a few examples of the situations in which school counselors can help their students:
- My best friend and I seem to be fighting a lot lately. We just can’t seem to get along.
- My parents are getting a divorce. I’m scared about what is happening to our family.
- I am the new kid here at school and I am afraid that I just won’t fit in.
I have been having nightmares lately and it takes me so long to fall asleep at night.
My grandmother just died and I can't stop crying.
Mommy just had a new baby and that baby is ruining everything!
I do my homework, but I can’t seem to remember to bring it with me to school.
I am worried about my friend. She’s been acting strange lately.
It is my philosophy to develop a trusting relationship with students by keeping our conversations confidential. Phone calls will be made home to families on an as needed basis with student awareness.