Focus of FUSD Counseling Programs Undergoes Changes
Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) has begun to change the focus of its counseling programs from a crisis response model that serves a few students in each school to a skill building focus that will benefit EVERY student. As a result of this shift, the District is implementing the American School Counselor Association National Model of school counseling.
The National Model emphasizes standards that all students should learn during their school careers. Standards are stressed in the social, emotional, academic, and career domains just as they are in the areas of reading, writing, language, and math. In addition to the traditional roles of counseling/advising students and assistance with identifying students with special needs, school counselors in FUSD are now developing lesson plans, teaching guidance lessons in the classroom, and determining whether or not the students have acquired the skills being taught.
FUSD counselor job descriptions are based on the National Model and are broader in scope with a focus on serving all students. In the National Model, the elementary school counselor allocates his/her time as follows:
35-45% Guidance Curriculum (Classroom Instruction and Small Group Activities)
05-10% Individual Student Planning
30-40% Responsive Services (Individual and Small Group Counseling, Crisis Counseling,
10-15% System Support (Professional Development, Consultation, Collaboration, and Teaming)
This year counseling lessons have been offered in Sechrist classrooms. This year’s emphasis has been (or will be):
Kindergarten & First Grade: Labeling feelings, dealing positively with feelings, and problem solving.Second Grade: Making and keeping friends, anger management, physical safety.
Third Grade: Working through friendship problems (April/May).
Fourth Grade: Making and keeping friends, bully prevention.Fifth Grade: Identifying and preventing peer pressure, bullying, and sexualharassment.
Sixth Grade: Successful social and academic transition to middle school.Developing a well-rounded counseling program involves several steps:
If you would like input into the process, please contact Bea Becker at 773-4024 or one of the Advisory Committee Members:John Albert, Principal Stacy Avelar, ParentBea Becker, Counselor Jenni Crowley, ParentBridget Edwards, Counselor Intern Lexi Leopold, ParentErin Erwin, School Psychologist Noel Roth, TeacherMaureen McCauley, Librarian Laura Driscoll, TeacherBarrett Tritle, Community Liaison
An Advisory Committee is formed to assist the counselor in program development.
Student needs are assessed. This includes student, parent, community and staff input into the counseling program.
Services are offered and include guidance curriculum, individual and group counseling, responsive services and system support.
The program is evaluated on a regular basis.