Deerfield Counseling Program Mission & Vision
Our school counseling program operates under the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model, focusing on mindsets and behaviors for student success. ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards (found here) are the foundation for all classroom lessons, small groups, and individual counseling sessions. Our program strives to help each student succeed every day.
Aligning with our district mission, the counseling program at Deerfield strives to empower each student to find self-motivation to strive for academic, personal/social, and career success on a daily basis.
Students leave Deerfield prepared to continue to optimize their academic, career, and personal/social successes in life through the process of valuing lifelong learning, collaboration, critical thinking, and self-care.
Student Services Mission:
We work collaboratively to support the mental health and academic needs of all learners. We prepare learners to accomplish their personal goals so that they can achieve at their full potential.
Delivery of Services
Your school counselor works with students on a one-on-one basis as needed. Students may be referred for individual counseling by their classroom teacher, guardian(s), or themselves.
Occasionally, your school counselor will be coordinating small groups depending on the need. Topics for small groups may include, but are not limited to, family transitions, coping with grief, social skills, study skills, and friendship groups. Parents will be required to sign an informed consent prior to a child's participation in such a group.
Classroom Lessons/SEL (Social Emotional Learning)
Your school counselor teaches each class for each grade level once a week. The purpose of such lessons is to try and prevent problems before they occur. Topics will include bullying prevention, social skills, managing emotions, mindfulness, and career exploration.
The Big Three
Your school counselor provides support and services to promote academic, personal/ social, and career readiness in ALL students.