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Counselors

A Special Friend
by Marian Woodhead

Sometimes I'm happy and sometimes sad.
Sometimes I'm scared and sometimes I'm mad.
When I need a friend to listen, someone to understand
a place to go and talk a bit, the counselor can lend a hand.

We might read a story or play a game, watch a film, or just chat about why I came.
When I need help it's nice to know that the counselor's office is the place to go.

What Does an Elementary School Counselor Do?

  • Helps students develop a positive attitude toward school and learning
  • Helps students develop good relationships with peers, parents, teachers, and siblings
  • Helps students improve their communication skills and develop effective decision-making strategies
  • Helps students deal with personal concerns, developmental tasks, crisis, school related problems, home concerns, health, and physical development
  • Helps to ease the transition between school settings
  • Plans and implements with teachers a program of activities designed to enhance the personal and social/emotional development of elementary students

How Does a Student See the Counselor?

  • Self referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Special Services referral
  • Referral by a friend

Why Does a Student See a Counselor?

  • To understand abilities and limitations
  • To adjust to a new school
  • To find answers to concerns
  • To develop skills in getting along with others
  • To adjust to family transitions
  • To achieve in school
  • To share friendship

Contact Us

Barbara Hayes
Counselor
918-925-1460
hayesba@tulsaschools.org

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