ERIC Number: ED296229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Communication between Students and an Elementary School Guidance Counselor by Providing a Team Approach to School Guidance Services.
Murawka, Joyce Ann
A program was established to improve communication between students and the guidance counselor at one elementary school where a lack of student-counselor communication had resulted in a lower priority given to guidance services. The goals of the program were to: (1) make students aware of opportunities to meet with the counselor; (2) have teachers send students to the counselor; (3) have at least 30% of the students talk with the counselor alone; (4) encourage at least 30% of the students to work with the counselor in a group meeting; (5) inform students of times when the counselor was talking with their parents about them; (6) talk with students about career choices; (7) consider and respect students' rights to confidentiality; (8) increase students' positive attitudes toward the guidance program; and (9) increase teachers' positive attitudes toward the program. The program incorporated developmental counseling techniques, affective skills, individual and group counseling sessions, and referrals for special needs and services. Teachers received newsletters to facilitate the guidance program's impact on the total school community. The program was successful in increasing communication between children, teachers, and the counselor to effectively meet the needs of the students. Increased communication established a team approach to guidance services, allowing children to become informed about and interested in their affective development. Twenty-eight references are listed, and the appendixes, comprising nearly half the document, include questionnaires and responses for students and teachers, newsletters, and planning documents. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.