PreK-8 Guidance Services
In the elementary middle school year, students face a wide variety of academic, social and developmental tasks.
The PreK-8 Guidance Department of the Brockton Public Schools provides support for all of these challenges. Our team members are School Adjustment Counselors, Guidance Counselors and School Psychologists, professionals who are:
- Enhancing parent/communication;
- Evaluating learning styles and educational needs;
- Formulating support plans;
- Advising parents, teachers and students;
- Providing crisis intervention;
- Mediating conflicts;
- Counseling for career and high school choices;
- Coordinating efforts for student success;
- Designing and providing curriculum for character, social and emotional development;
- Helping students through the stumbling blocks – both large and small – that can be encountered in the elementary and middle school years.
Every student in Grades 6-8 is assigned to a Guidance Counselor. The middle school years are unique, due to the many physical, emotional and social changes experienced by young adolescents. It is a time when support, understanding and guidance are essential. Guidance Counselors provide that support with individual counseling, group counseling, classroom presentations and assemblies.
Guidance Counselors are your student’s advisors, mediators, mentors and friends in need. They maintain academic records, referring to and interpreting past assessment to make the best scheduling decision for each student. They then monitor each student’s academic progress, communicate with parents, consult with teachers, and other professionals when issues arise.
They assist students and parent through the High School application and course selection process. When a student is experiencing difficulty of any kind, large or small, their Guidance Counselor can provide problem-solving advice, crisis intervention, mediation and an empathetic ear. Through their unique training and experience, Guidance Counselors work to help each and every student develop self-understanding, achieve academically and realize their goals.
These caring and dedicated professionals are available to all students who are experiencing social, emotional or personal problems. By consulting with teachers, parents and School Psychologists, Adjustment Counselors can identify problems and design solutions for student success. They see students in small groups or individually to offer support, social skills training, encouragement or crisis intervention as needed. With a thorough knowledge of community resources and social service agencies, they are able to make recommendations and referrals that make significant differences in the lives of our students and their families.
Adjustment Counselors are involved with a variety of activities which may differ amongst schools. Some of these activities include fundraising, campership committees, and holiday assistance to needy families. Adjustment Counselors assist with referrals to grant-funded initiatives as well as community programs that promote social and academic success.
School Psychology is a specialty area within the profession of psychology which focuses upon the psycho-educational development of individuals, their abilities and potentials, and the emotional and cultural factors which influence this learning process. School Psychologists are equipped to deal with a wide range of problems which children, parents and teachers may face. A crucial component of the School Psychologist position is identifying a child’s social/emotional and academic needs, limitations, and potentials by observing the child in both structured and unstructured settings, studying school records, consulting with parents and school personnel, and administering and interpreting diagnostic findings. The School Psychologists are also trained to help children, staff and the school community all areas of mental health and psycho-educational services by providing trainings.
The role of the School Psychologist in Brockton varies within a particular school according to the needs of each school community. School Psychologists area ble to provide essential services to students, school staff and parents.
Although they are skilled in both individual and group counseling, the roles of Guidance Counselors and Adjustment Counselors differ from those of therapeutic counselors. They cannot be thought of, or used as, substitutes for outpatient therapy.