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What does an elementary school counselor do?

  • Helps ALL children
  • Teaches classroom guidance lessons dealing with understanding of self and others, communication skills, decision making skills, conflict resolution skills, and career exploration
  • Works with children individually and in small groups
  • Consults with parents and teachers
  • Conducts parent workshops
  • Assists with crisis intervention
  • Coordinates Conflict Manager Program
  • Organizes annual Career Fair
  • Assists with Kindergarten screenings


Dr. Velma Burse
Phone: 314-653-8088


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How does a student get to see the counselor? 

  • the student may ask to go to the counselor’s office or fill out a special kid’s referral form
  • the teacher or principal can send him or her
  • Mom, Dad or another care provider can request counseling services
  • a school friend may invite him or her for a special visit


What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?

  • feelings about him/herself
  • difficulty in making or getting along with friends
  • a family problem
  • a school problem
  • a fear or worry
  • a physical concern
  • the need for a little tender loving care
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In any counseling situation confidentiality is maintained except:

1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.

2. If a child poses a danger to self or others.

3. The child and/or parent/guardian gives permission to share.