Counselor's Corner

Meet the Counselors  

Mrs. Wilson received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Morgan State University, and her M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mrs. Wilson has been a school counselor at Georgian Forest Elementary School for the past 5 years, and can’t wait for another great year of social and emotional growth with our grizzlies! If you need to contact Mrs. Wilson, you can email her at Jasmine_A_Evans@mcpsmd.org.

 

Ms. Palmer received her B.S. in History and Social Studies from The University of Mary Washington and her M.S. in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. This is Ms. Palmer’s fourth year  as a school counselor and her second year at Georgian Forest Elementary School. Ms. Palmer can’t wait to get to know and work with our grizzlies! If you need to contact Ms. Palmer, you can email her at: Valerie_A_Palmer@mcpsmd.org.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Georgian Forest Elementary Counseling Department is to build a comprehensive developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. Programs developed by the Georgian Forest Counseling Department will be driven by data, the unique cultural, and economic diversity of our entire student population with the goal of removing barriers to student learning and encouraging achievement at the highest level. Through collaboration with the school and community stakeholders, all students will be prepared academically and socially to contribute as productive leaders of society.

Counseling Program

Second Step

Second Step is a social-emotional learning program designed to help students be as successful as possible at school. Counselors at Georgian Forest will be using the Second Step program throughout all grade levels to teach these critical skills.

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP1  FAMI  LY71 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.

Individual

Counselors at Georgian Forest provide short term individual counseling. Students may self-refer themselves to the counselor using the counselor notes placed in every classroom. Teachers and parents may also refer students to the counselor through the teacher referral system or by email.

Individual counseling does not require parent consent prior to counseling. If you would like your child to opt out of individual counseling please contact the counselor.

Group

Small group counseling will be implemented as needed, and cover topics relevant to the student’s needs.

Classroom

Social-emotional guidance lessons will be administered class wide on as needed basis. Topics may include but are not limited to body safety, bullying, career planning and friendship.

Workshops

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