Small groups and individual counseling will also be part of the school counseling program delivery model. Students may be in small groups focused on developing social skills, anger management, family changes, grief, anxiety, etc. If your child is recommended for a small group, parents and guardians will be contacted prior to participation. You are also able to refer your child to the counselor for small group or individual counseling. The intention of the small group and individual counseling sessions is to develop the skills necessary to navigate the individual's situation. If more intense longer term counseling is necessary, families will be contacted to discuss the possibility of other counseling supports such as Jessica Hebeler and/or Suzy Kennedy (Mental Health Advocates) and resources within the community.
Additionally, I am available for consultation. I can connect with families by phone, email, or in-person if you would like to brainstorm strategies that will support your child at home and/or school.
- How does my student get referred to the counselor?
- How do parents contact the counselor?
- How long does the school counselor see the student?
- Who are the different social and emotional support staff at Fireside Elementary?
- How do I connect with outside services?
- If it is a weekend, how do I get help for Crisis Counseling?
- If a student is getting outside services, what is the school counselor’s role?
- What are the parameters around confidentiality?
- How can I get a hold of the counselor?
- Why would my child see the school Counselor?
- What topics do you cover in small groups?
- Where is the Counselor’s office?
- Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
- How can I stay updated on what my child is learning when they see the counselor?
Through the Multi-Tiered System of Supports, we provide more targeted and intensive help for students who need it -- both academically and social/emotionally.
We strive to support all students with universal programming.
When a student is struggling, our teachers, school counselors and psychologists give more targeted help.
If targeted support does not work or a student is in crisis our educators employ more intensive interventions.
A comprehensive elementary school counselor provides education, prevention and intervention services in the areas of academic, career and social/emotional development supports. It is important to note that elementary counselors are not therapists; rather they are professional educators with a mental health perspective. They typically spend the majority of their time working on universal instruction and working with all students. The elementary counselors will work in collaboration with administration, teachers, the mental health team and parents to determine the needs of all students within each building.
I have loved being part of the Fireside Family for the past 9 years! I have worked as a Special Education Teacher for the past 18 years and have transitioned this school year into a new role as a School Counselor. I am excited to continue serving the Fireside community. A little bit about me - I grew up in Denver and attended the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!). I am a mom to two kids - Grant is 8th grade and Presley is in 6th grade. I enjoy playing tennis, golf, hiking, reading, and spending time with my family.
Important Support Links & Community Resources
- Role of the School Counselor
- ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success
- BVSD School Counseling Curriculum
- Children's Literature SEL Resource
- Community Resources
- Sister Carmen
- Mental Health Partners (3180 Airport Road, Boulder--303-447-1665) **24 hour walk-in crisis assistance and addictions services
- Second Wind Fund **Counseling for uninsured or underinsured teens having thoughts of suicide
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (303-810-9629)
- Naropa University Community Counseling (303-546-3589)
- Open Path Psychotherapy Collective (1-800-268-2833)
- TRU Hospice Community Bereavement/Grief Support Groups (303-442-0961 or 877-986-4766)
CRISIS AND HOTLINE NUMBERS
- Boulder County’s Child Welfare Screening Line: 303-441-1309
- Boulder County DHHS: (303) 441-1000
- Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 844-CO-4-KIDS (844‑264‑5437)
- Colorado Crisis Services/Boulder Mental Health Partners Crisis Line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)
- Colorado Text Crisis Line: Text → TALK 38255
- Hunger Free Hotline: 855-855-4626
- Local 24-Hour-Crisis Line: 844-493-8255
- National Eating Disorder Helpline: 800-931-2237
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-SUICIDE (273-8255)
- National Text Crisis Line: Text → HOME 741741
- Safe 2 Tell Colorado: 1-877-542-7233
- Trevor Line (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386