Jenkins’ philosophy towards counseling services is to promote the social-emotional, behavioral and physical well-being of all students.  The school psychologist and school adjustment counselor at the elementary level counsel, consult, coordinate, and collaborate with students, parents, and school staff to support the personal growth and healthy development of our students. The school psychologist and adjustment counselor significantly contribute to the development of a healthy, safe, and caring educational environment. The mental health staff are developmental specialists who provide classroom instruction, individual and group counseling, and home visits. In addition to school-based interventions, referrals are made to outside resources. The school psychologist and adjustment counselor play a critical role in helping to educate students, families, and staff in understanding the important relationship between physical health, mental health, behavioral health, and academics. The school psychologist and adjustment counselor provide education regarding eating, sleeping, exercising and healthy choices as cornerstones of overall well-being. Jenkins offers education in anti-bullying, mental health, and critical social thinking.

The following counseling services are available to Jenkins students. The services children receive depend upon the input from the classroom teacher, parents, or the Student Support Team.  

Classroom Counseling Lessons
Students receive classroom guidance with the school counselor based on the needs of a particular classroom and grade level.  The curriculum imparts specific skills and learning experiences in a pro-active and preventative manner.  These skills are introduced and reinforced to meet the needs of our students at various growth and developmental stages.
1.  Academic Goals:  Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills to become responsible and productive learners.
2.  Career Goals: Students will acquire knowledge about how one’s own skills and interests influence their future life choices.
3.  Personal and Social Goal:  Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect oneself and others.  Students will learn effective coping strategies for dealing with emotional regulation.

Small Group Counseling
Students have the opportunity (with parental permission) to participate in small group counseling with the school counselor.  The groups usually consist of 4-6 students and often meet during unstructured times, such as lunch.  There are different groups depending on the needs of the students. Building friendships, social skills and self-esteem as well as supporting children of non-traditional families are some of the types of groups facilitated by the school counselor.

Individual Counseling
Some issues which children may be struggling with and are impacting their ability to learn are dealt more effectively on an individual basis.  Students in need of individualized attention from the counselor receive individual counseling with parental permission.

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School Contacts:
Angela Lang, School Psychologist
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Paulette Marino, School Adjustment Counselor
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District Contact:
Tammy A. Rundle, Director of School Counseling, Testing & Career Services, K-12
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Phone: 781-545-8750 X370