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GEORGE MARKS ELEMENTARY
1000 North Garfield Ave
Deland, Florida 32724
(386) 822-6986
    Counseling

    About School Counseling

    To learn about our school counselor, please visit:  Scho​ol Counseling with Mrs. Maddox!​

    School Counselors are specially trained educators with a Masters degree in counseling.  Their purpose is to provide students with the academic, personal, social and life skills to prepare them for a successful future while acting as a nurturing and caring resource at school.  School Counselors provide a hand, a shoulder, an ear, and a calming influence for students, parents and teachers.  While School Counselors are trained to counsel with children and adolescents, they are not therapists and cannot provide the intense one-on-one therapy needed in some situations by families and children.  Mrs. Maddox is available to meet with you and your child to determine your level of need and to discuss ways to handle difficult situations typically experienced by elementary age children.  If your child is struggling to deal with a significant life event that needs more attention than 2 or 3 meetings with the School Counselor, please call Mrs. Maddox at 386-822-6986 ext. 21710 or email her at jmaddox@volusia.k12.fl.us to schedule an appointment.  You may also click on the Parent Request for Counseling Services link below to request a meeting with Mrs. Maddox for you or your child.  Information on available resources in our community can found under the resources tab of Mrs. Maddox's website for referrals to therapists or agencies in our community.

    Please click on this link this link to complete a Parent Request for School Counseling Services.


     

    What is a Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program ?

     A comprehensive developmental school counseling program assists students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy development.  Through four program components, a comprehensive developmental school counseling program recognizes that parents, school personnel and the community each have important roles to play and valuable resources to contribute in assisting students with their academic, career, social and emotional development.

    Delivered by certified school counselors across the district, developmental school counseling programs include four essential components:  Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning, and System Support.

    •  Guidance Curriculum

    School Counselors help students develop their education potential through skill based lessons and units that assist in developing competence in essential life skills. Competency is developed in self-confidence, motivation, decision-making and goal-setting, communication, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and responsible behavior.

    •  Responsive Services

    School Counselors intervene on behalf of students whose immediate personal concerns or problems put their continued educational, career, personal, or social development at risk. Counselors' primary task is to provide counseling to students individually or in a group setting.  They also consult with teachers, parents, and administrators on behalf of students. Counselors assist and facilitate student referrals and identification of students for special program and services.

    •  Individual Planning

    School Counselors guide students as they plan, monitor, and manage their own educational, career, personal, and social development.  Counselors assist students with personal planning, transition activities, and goal setting. Counselors support success in life through academic advisement.

    •  System Support

    School Counselors support the efforts of teachers, staff, parents, and the community in promoting the educational, career, personal, and social development of students.  Counselors use their expertise to plan and manage their programs and to coordinate services for students.

     

    What do School Counselors Do?

    The School Counselors' job includes the following:

    • Counsel  individuals and small groups of students to meet identified needs.
    • Deliver the guidance curriculum through whole class lessons.
    • Consult  with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding concerns about students' needs.
    • Coordinate people and resources in the schools and in the community for the benefit of students.
    • Participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive developmental school counseling program to serve all students.
    • Provide access and equity to all students.
    • Promote student achievement.