School counselors are an integral part of the school educational team that works to help students face various challenges. Counselors provide student services in the areas of personal/social, academics, and career awareness. Middle school counselors consult with parents and teachers to identify student’s social/emotional and academic needs.
Middle school counselors have specialized training in child and adolescent development, learning methods, behavior interventions, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills. They apply this training in various areas including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, classroom instruction, and community referrals.
- Anger Management
- Behavioral Issues
- Crisis Response
- Family Issues
- Mental Health Needs
- Peer Relationships
- Suicidal Ideas
- Career Awareness
- Career Fair
- Classroom Instruction
- Classroom Guidance Lessons
- Individual/Group Counseling
- Parent Consultation
- Referrals to Community Resources
- STAR (After-school homework program)
- Teacher Collaboration
CASEL defines Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as "
...the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."
Lisle 202 supports social emotional learning to increase student achievement. There are three social-emotional standards integrated throughout all learning areas:
- Develop self-awareness & self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
- Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
- Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.