Welcome back to another school year.
My name is Michelle Pugh and I am the guidance counsellor at Keswick Valley Memorial School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This is my third year in this role and I am looking forward to working with your children once again.
What exactly does a guidance counsellor do? While I do work with children individually on social skills, emotional needs, behavioural issues, etc. there are other components to my job as well.
Provide small group sessions on social skills that may need a boost.
Offer small groups for students who need help with emotional concerns (ex: anxiety, anger, self-esteem)
Work with teachers on parts of their curriculum (health, relationships, social issues).
Deliver lessons to classes that teachers feel are needed by their students.
Collaborate with school staff and caregivers on student needs.
Refer families to outside agencies (ex: counselling beyond what the school can provide, services that might be needed by a family).
Highlight and organize activities around anti-bullying, mental health, and other concerns that may arise in our school/community.
As we progress through our year, I will continue to post information and resources that I think will be of interest to caregivers. If you have concerns about your child and you want to have a conversation with me, please call me at the school 363-4717.
Wishing you all the best for 2017-18.