Counseling Standards

  • Pittsford Central Schools provides a developmental, sequential school counseling program based on the American School Counseling Association’s National Standards For School Counselors. All students in grades K-12 participate in activities which address personal/social, academic and career objectives and promote the development of attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for success in school and as citizens of a global society.

    School Counselors collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators and other school support staff members to help students become effective learners, achieve personal and social goals and develop into responsible, contributing members of society.

Elementary School Counseling Program

  • Counseling Services:
       Individual personal/social and academic counseling services as needed.

    Extra-curricular opportunities:
       Citizenship Club
       Peer Peacemakers Club
       Service Learning projects

    K-5 Classroom lessons covering topics such as:
       Conflict resolution
       Feelings
       Social skills
       Effective communication
       Respect
       Bullying/harassment

    Support in school adjustment:
       Entry into Kindergarten and 1st grades
       Transition to middle school
       New students

    Group counseling experiences may include:
       Social skills
       Changing families
       Stress and anxiety
       Academic/study skills
       Siblings of children with disabilities
       Grief/chronic illness
       School adjustment
       Peer mediation training

    Participation and collaboration on various school teams:
       I
    nstructional Support Team
       Pupil Services Team
       Post-Incident Response Team
       Crisis Team
       Health and Safety
       Instructional Leadership Team

    Pre-referral:
       Classroom observations
       Instructional strategies
       Behavior management plans
       P
    arent conferences

    Referral strategies:
       Collaboration with private therapists
       Consultation with various specialists

Middle School Counseling Program

  • Counseling Services:
      Individual personal/social and academic counseling services as needed.

    Large group activities/classroom presentation topics may include:
      
    Bullying
      
    Respect
       Career interests
       Stress
       Communication skills
      
    Transitioning to the high school
       Orientation to middle school

    Group counseling experiences may include:
      
    New student
       Stress
       Social skills
       Families in transition
       Family loss
       School adjustment

    Participation and collaboration on various school teams/committees: 
       Pupil Services Team
      
    Instructional Support Team
     
      Post-Incident Response Team

       CORE Teams
       Instructional Leadership Team
       Wellness & Health
       Academic teams at each grade level

    Peer Helper Program:

       Counselors work with peer helpers to support student needs.

       Counselors train peer helpers in the area of communication skills.

    Pre-referral:

       Classroom observations

       Consult with teachers

       Parent conferences

       Peer tutoring

    Referral:

       Pupil Services Team

       Outside agencies

High School Counseling Program

  • Counseling Services:
       Individual personal, social and academic counseling services as needed.
       Group counseling may include:
           Gender or age specific social skills
          
    Changing family
          
    Grief
          
    Life skills/social skills 

    Freshman Year:
      
    Assistance with program planning for sophomore year.
      
    Individual conferences, that may include parents, to develop a flexible four-year educational plan.
      
    Evening informational meeting for parents providing overview of freshman services.
    Sophomore Year:
      
    A unit in career planning, including an occupational interest inventory conducted with the cooperation of the Health department.
      
    Assistance in gaining information about careers, colleges and course choices.
      
    Opportunities for Shadowing chosen careers (daylong) or for Exploring Careers (multi-session).
      
    Evening informational meetings for parents providing overview of sophomore services.
      
    Individual conferences to review four-year education plan.
    Junior Year:
      
    Small group meetings (fall) to discuss the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).
      
    Planning for post high school opportunities through group and individual conferences.
      
    Opportunities to meet with college representatives.
      
    Access to computer and College Career Center for information about colleges and careers.
      
    Assistance in course choices for the senior year.
      
    Informational meetings for parents regarding post-secondary planning and financial aid.
    Senior Year:
      
    Individual conferences with counselor during first semester for post high school vocational and educational planning.
      
    Opportunities to meet with college representatives.
      
    Information regarding topics such as: financial aid, college entrance tests, careers and colleges.
      
    Access to computer and College & Career Center for information about colleges and careers.
      
    College clinics to help with the application process.
      
    Informational meetings for parents regarding college process and financial aid.