Admin

Guidance

Shirene Mumby
School Counselor
(410) 887-0732
smumby@bcps.org

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WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?

The primary role of a school counselor is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential socially, emotionally, and academically.
School Counselors can help students with:

  • Becoming successful learners.
  • Making friends.
  • Dealing with changes in the family.
  • Getting along with others.
  • Solving problems.
  • Feeling good about themselves.

WHO ARE SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOR?
Your School Counselor is here for everyone. I am here for every student, every teacher, and every parent who is part of the Hernwood Elementary School community.

Click here to learn more about why a student, parent, or teacher might want to talk to the School Counselor!

Why would I want to visit a school counselor?

Here are some reasons a student might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "I'm getting picked on at the bus stop and I don't know what to do about it."
  • "My best friend isn't talking to me and it's making me really sad."
  • "I want to show you what I just made in art. I'm very proud of it."
  • "I'm new to this school, and I'm really scared!"
  • "When am I going to get to be in a Friendship Group?"
  • "I just want to talk to someone who won't laugh at me."
  • "I did a lot better on my last math test, and I'm so excited to tell someone!"
  • "Tim, Samantha and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?"

Here are some reasons parents might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "Sarah doesn't want to go to school in the mornings."
  • "I'm concerned because Allen keeps telling me that he doesn't have any friends. Do you think a Friendship Group might help?"
  • "We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how to tell my child."
  • "Kevin has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares."
  • "My wife and I have been divorced for two years, but we think our kids could really benefit from talking about it with other kids who are going through the same thing. We'd like to refer them for a Family Change Group.
  • "Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework, and nothing I say seems to help."
  • "I just wanted to thank you for inviting my daughter to participate in a New Student Group. She really enjoyed meeting some other kids were new to Lunt."

Here are some reasons teachers or administrators might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "I need some ideas to help my students develop more positive relationships."
  • "John just can't sit still in the classroom."
  • "Sue is absent a lot."
  • "Patrick is new to this school and needs some special attention."
  • "I've noticed that Amanda seems distracted and anxious a lot lately."
  • "Lisa is a great kid, but she's really shy and doesn't seem to be comfortable initiating friendships. I think she'd benefit from participating in a Friendship Group."

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING
Individual counseling is available to ALL students in need. The counselor works one-on-one with a student to help them resolve problems, enhance decision-making skills, and/or build coping skills. This is a confidential relationship and designed to be a short-term intervention. Students can be referred for counseling by the principal, teacher, parent, or themselves.

GROUP COUNSELING
Small group counseling is available to ALL students in need, and may be requested by parents, students, or school staff. Parental permission is required. Groups are designed so that students may gather together in a confidential setting to work through an issue that is preventing them from doing their best in school. They have the opportunity to interact and connect with peers, practice new skills, provide and receive feedback, and set goals as needed.

Group topics may include:

  • Friendship
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skills
  • Grief/Loss
  • Changing families/Divorce

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE
Classroom guidance lessons are provided to teach students preventative strategies for academic, emotional, or social issues. Lessons are designed to empower students with self-knowledge, coping strategies, and life skills that will assist them in becoming problem solvers, collaborative workers, and responsible citizens. The classes are taught through a variety of methods: stories, discussions, art work, puppets, music and role-playing.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITION
The middle school transition involves preparing fifth graders, their parents and guardians for what to expect in middle school, educating students and parents/guardians about the BCPS Magnet School program, distributing Magnet School applications and information, facilitating summer school registration for students entering 6th grade and communicating with middle school staff about incoming students.
Office of Magnet Schools
Middle School Brochure
Sudbrook Middle Magnet Website
Deer Park Middle Magnet Website

CONSULTATION
School counselors offer consultation to parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, and service providers. They identify students' needs and assist in the development of strategies to address students' academic, personal, developmental, and social-emotional concerns.