Counselor Corner
    Hello!  My name is Kristin Stephens, the School Counselor at Longbranch Elementary School. This page provides you with information about the School Counseling program, upcoming counseling-related activities and events, and counseling topics and resources.
    Midlothian ISD Counselors impact the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. School Counselors
    are integral members of the instructional team. They directly impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the needs of the 21st century school community.
    What does this mean for your child? This means that I pay close attention to
    every student in the building and how he/she "connects" to his/her education to ensure that he/she achieves to the maximum level possible. I help your child and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may (temporarily
    or otherwise) pose an obstacle to the learning process.
    Professional School Counselors are uniquely trained leaders who promote
    success for all students. They collaborate with school stakeholders using
    data‐driven decisions to facilitate the success of the 21st century learner
    in an ever‐changing society. As a result the student will:
    •  achieve to his/her maximum potential
    • demonstrate academic, career, personal/social problem-solving skills
    • recognize and appreciate individual and cultural differences
    • develop communication, citizenship and employability skills to make positive contributions to the community
    What is a School Counselor?
    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), masters level trained school counselor, and caring professional who works with all students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for every student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:
    • Classroom Counseling Curriculum- designing, structuring, and delivering classroom lessons so that students develop specific outcome-driven competencies in all grades K-5 (personal/social, academic, career)and driven by the needs of the school population
    • Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
    • Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs (counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, information-providing)
    • System Support- school-wide program planning and implementation, consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families 
     How does your child experience school counseling services?
    • Individual Counseling- I may work with a student in a safe, positive, and confidential setting to address issues that "get in the way" of school achievement. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: understanding feelings, changing families/divorce,grief, stress, social skills, academics, bullying, problem-solving, and decision-making.
    • Small Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 3-6 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 4-6 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management.
    • Classroom Counseling lessons-  Classroom lessons address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.  Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.  
    School Counselor Leadership Roles at Longbranch Elementary:
    • Character Development
    • Student Assistance Team member
    • Gifted/Talented Referral and Review Team member 
    • Crisis Response Team/Counseling-Response Team
    • Angel Tree/Food Drive Coordinator
    • Section 504 plan co-coordinator
    • Back Pack Program  
    Counseling Approaches Commonly Used to Assist Students:
    • Therapeutic Experiences (exploring and role-playing solutions, creative representations of life situations)
    • Bibliotherapeutic Experiences (reading and discussing books relevant to whatever the student is experiencing)
    • Conflict-Resolution processes (working out disagreements)
    • Behavioral Coaching/Role Plays (goal-setting and encouragement)
    • Therapeutic Games (card and board games focused on developing coping skills)
    • Active Listening and Academic/Organizational Skill-Development (study skills, etc.)