Hello! My name is Mrs (Yvette) Cuara. I am thrilled to be the elementary school counselor here at Carl E. Gilbert! This page provides you more information on the school counseling program, counseling topics and resources!
What do elementary school counselors do?
How does your child experience school counseling services? School Counseling services are offered to every student and family attending Carl E. Gilbert. We have two Outreach Counselors interns and one school counselor. Parents must speak with their student’s teacher regarding making a referral. We encourage parents to first try working with the teacher regarding their classroom concerns so that intervention scan be tried. Such as behavior contract, modifications in the classroom, etc
- Individual Counseling- One of our counseling staff members, may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that 'get in the way' of' school achievement. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce, grief, stress, social skills, problem-solving, and decision-making.
- Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 25 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include friendship and social skills, study skills, and conflict resolution.
- Classroom Counseling lessons- The School Counselor facilitates classroom lessons in various grade levels, due to my part-time availability. These lessons are following the Second Step Program (http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step), which focuses on teaching children how to understand and manage their emotions, be aware of others' feelings and have the skills to problem solve and make responsible decisions.