Counseling & Guidance Services

Diane Griffith, School Counselor and 504 Coordinator for Grades K-2 | 603-772-5413 (ext. 116)

Judy Eitler, School Counselor and 504 Coordinator for Grades 3-5 | 603-772-5413 (ext. 116)

Individual and Group Counseling

  • We provide counseling services for students individually or in small groups.
  • Students may be referred by parents or teachers.
  • Parental permission is needed for services.
  • Individual students may be seen for variety of reasons, such as, but not limited to, anxiety, peer issues, divorcing parents, self-esteem issues, and managing conflicts.
  • Small group counseling services give students the opportunity to learn and practice friendship skills. They focus on how to make and keep friends, and how to get along with others. They also teach students how to communicate effectively and be successful in school. As counselors, we help students learn about anxiety and how to manage it as well as understand conflicts and how to deal with them.

Classroom Guidance

  • As per the ASCA (American School Counselor Association), we are very involved in the students classroom learning environment.
  • Classroom counseling/guidance services are available for all grades.
  • Particular topics are developmentally appropriate for each grade and when requested, services are provided. Videos, books, and follow-up activities are often used.
  • Kindergarten
    • Tattling
    • Bossiness
    • Listening
    • Respect
    • Following Rules
  • Grade 1
    • Free the Horses (Active Parenting Publishers)
      • This is a self-esteem classroom video and discussion program presented by the school counselor. At minimum, it is an eleven-week "adventure", but often it spans the entire school year. This time commitment allows for continuous contact with the students, time for follow-up activities, and for the students to have direct contact with the school counselor.
  • Grade 2
    • Life Skills Program
      • This is an eight week program that often expands to cover additional topics. It is a video/activity-based discussion classroom program that also includes children's books to supplement the units. The topics covered are developmentally age-appropriate for second grade students.
        • They are: Liking Yourself, Appreciating Differences, Looking at Friendship, Understanding Feelings, How to Understand a Problem, Resolving Conflicts, and Accepting Responsibility. Additionally, kindness and bullying may be discussed.
  • Grades 3-5
    • Topics covered vary from classroom to classroom based on the needs of the students.
      • Friendships
      • Team Building
      • Understanding Cliques
      • Study Skills
      • Career Exploration
      • Understanding Empathy
      • Conflict Resolution
      • Bullying
      • Transitioning to Middle School

Helpful Information and Resources

  • Much of the approaches used by the counselors with the students either in the classroom,1-1, or in small groups complement the school-wide growth mindset thinking and language program as well as learning what and how it is to be mindful.
  • Additionally, the Social Thinking curriculum is used as a foundation for discussions and learning.
  • A Mindset for Learning by Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz (Heinemann)
  • Mindfulness Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (University of Massachusetts)
  • Social Thinking Developed by Michelle Garcia-Winner