East Stroudsburg Area School District Guidance Department Mission StatementThe comprehensive school counseling program of the East Stroudsburg Area School District facilitates the academic, career, personal, and social growth, development and actualization of each student. This is accomplished through the recognition, appreciation, and acceptance of individual and cultural differences, while striving to develop a global perspective. Emphasis is placed upon career awareness and post secondary educational opportunities for all students K-12. Services are delivered through the following: classroom guidance, individual sessions, group counseling, and consultation with parents, students, and faculty/staff, and community members.
What is the Role of the School Counselor?Works with individuals and groupsHelps identify needs of studentsEncourages better interpersonal relationshipsPromotes positive attitudes and choicesCollaborates with teachers and parentsAssists people in making use of community resourcesProvides referrals to outside agenciesCoordinates special education referrals and processingProvides preventative programs
School Counseling ServicesClassroom GuidanceThe School Counselor will visit classrooms throughout the year providing lessons that are developmentally appropriate for each grade level and preventative in nature. The goal is to promote and enhance student learning by helping students develop self-knowledge, coping skills, effective communication skills, and problem solving. Topics covered are bullying prevention, social skills training, and career awareness.Individual CounselingThe School Counselor works with students individually for many reasons such as: changing families, friendship issues, stress and anxiety, and problem solving. The school counselor is also available to meet with students who have recently experienced a crisis. The school counselor can also provide outside referral resources.Small Group CounselingNeeds based groups can be formed on a variety of topics. Small groups normally meet on a weekly/per cycle basis for about 4-8 sessions. Typical topics include, but are not limited to: grief/loss, divorce/separation, friendship/social skills. The school counselor will collaborate with the Project FAME social worker to determine appropriate groups based on student needs.Parent ConsultationParents can contact the school counselor at anytime to discuss concerns related to their child and/or request that the counselor meet with their child.