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  • FDES Counseling Program Mission
    The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Counseling program will develop an appropriate, comprehensive program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all of our students.  We encourage an environment that appreciates and accepts our diverse community.  Our mission coincides with our schools' mission and vision to provide a safe learning environment in which we can build strong personal relationships while growing as respectful, responsible, and successful learners.  We encourage communication and collaboration with students, staff, parents, and community members.
    Role of an elementary school counselor
    What are the benefits of a school counseling program? 

    The school counseling program in the elementary school promotes healthy child development and enhances student achievement.  The program also helps provide for the early identification of problems in children and early intervention to prevent these problems from escalating and interfering with learning.


    How does a school counselor provide services? 

    School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:


    Classroom guidance lessons- Classroom guidance lessons are provided for each grade on a bi-weekly basis.  These lessons incorporate academic, personal/social, and career development.  Classroom activities focus on interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, self-awareness, and character education.  See the above link for more information on the objectives of Classroom Guidance lessons.  


    *Small group counseling- The school counselors offers small groups which address a wide range of topics.  Groups are usually made up with less than eight students in the same grade level and last 6 weeks.  Group times are scheduled during the school day at a time that will impact the least amount of instructional time.  Many groups are held during lunch periods.  See the the link for group topics and objectives.


    *Individual counseling- The school counselors works with students on an individual basis to help meet the needs of the child. Individual counseling is usually short term and can focus on academic concerns, family issues or student attitudes and behaviors.

    Lunch Bunch - The school counselors also enjoy having these special lunches with the students.  Students may ask to have lunch with one to three of their friends as well as one of the counselors.  This is just a fun way to get to know your children better!
    *Parental permission is required for individual and group counseling


    Why Do Parents Contact a School Counselor

    • Academic achievement
    • New school registration, orientation and transition
    • Special needs of students
    • Student crisis situations
    • Family transitions
    • Higher education issues


    How Is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?

    • Self-referral
    • Teacher, administrator or staff referral
    • Parent referral
    • Counselor Observation


    What are some of the tasks a school counselor "doesn't" do? 

    *The school counselor does not do testing or diagnosing.  The counselor may help serve as the liaison between the specialists involved in this process, such as the school psychologist, or school social worker.   

    *The school counselor does not do "therapy," and will refer out to other professionals if deemed necessary.

    *The school counselor does not handle discipline issues.  However, the school counselor may follow up with this student if he/she is currently working with the counselor, or if the student is someone who may begin working with the counselor.  



    Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor
    Master's Degree
    State Certifications
    Please feel free to call either of us with any questions that you may have regarding your child and/or our program.  We can be reached at 571-252-1920 or via email at  or  We are looking forward to meeting and working with you and your child!  




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