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My name is Amanda (Chia) Hao-Rojas, I am the new counselor at Gomes elementary.       
Gomes Elementary
Phone: (510) 656-3414 ex.  32107

Why Elementary School Counseling?

  • To aid in the development of positive feelings about self and school
  • To provide early intervention for emotional or social problems which might interfere with learning
  • To aid in developing self-awareness and meaningful social participation
  • To provide opportunities for children to explore their thoughts and feelings and to learn to respect those of others
  • To assist parents in problem-solving and understanding the dynamics of child growth and development
  • To provide help with behavior change and crisis intervention as needed

Counseling supports students and families:

  • Meeting with children individually and in small groups
  • Conducting group and classroom activities in self-concept, communication, emotional regulation, decision making, social skills, coping skills, etc.
  • Serving as a resource person to teachers and parents
  • Providing extra support to children in times of personal crisis
  • Referring to community agencies as needed

Elementary School Counselors work with:

Children who are….

  • Overly worried or anxious about grades
  • Having difficulties making or maintaining friendships
  • Exhibiting school/classroom behaviors that have become a barrier to their learning
  • Feeling angry or sad much of the time without knowing why or what to do with those feelings
  • Experiencing major life changes like the birth of a sibling, illness of a family member, separation, divorce, or remarriage of parents.

Parents who…..

  • Notice sudden changes in their child’s behavior or in school performance
  • Are concerned about family communication
  • Are concerned about the effects of divorce or separation on their children
  • Are having difficulties with discipline

Individual and Group counseling sessions are:

  • Short-term between 6-10 weeks
  • All during regular school hours
  • Open to all students
  • Goal/Skill-centered

How Does a Student See the Counselor?

  • Administrative/teacher referral
  • Student self-referral
  • Parent/guardian referral