Mrs. Osterhage Bio
What Do School Counselors Do?
Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement; personal/social development and career exploration, ensuring that today's students become the productive and well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
As the school counselor at OLGC, Mrs. O serves as an advocate for student success, while providing every student access to a caring and encouraging environment that promotes growth mindset. Support is given through individual student centered counseling, small group collaboration and conflict resolution, and classroom guidance lessons that focus on academic, career, emotional, and personal/social skill development.
The program's goal, which follows the ASCA ( American School Counseling Association) Nation Model closely, is to support, facilitate and provide all students the necessary tools to achieve their full potential and be successful in school. This is possible when everyone (students, parents, teachers, and administration) work together as a team towards the achievement of this goal. Want to learn more about the ASCA Model? Please visit http://www.schoolcounselor/. org.
School counselors are certified and licensed professionals, who possess a Master’s degree or higher in school counseling and meet the state certification/licensure standards, and abide by the laws of the states in which they are employed.
Once a month each class receives a lesson during their Health class or a predetermined time from the homeroom teacher. Junior High receives lessons during Religion Class.. The theme of each lesson changes from month to month and is based on the needs of the students or teach recommendations. Mrs. O. also makes appearances in each classroom to review and refresh on lessons when requested.
Topics include, but do not limit:
- Respect, Responsibility, Honest, Caring
- Career Exploration
- Stress/Coping Skills
- Study Skills, Time Management, Organization
- Goal Setting
- Bullying - "Be a Buddy not a Bully School Campaign"
- Self Esteem
Students/parents/teachers can request that the counselor see a student if they have a concern about that student at any point of the school day.
Typical topics the counselor sees students are:
- Understanding feeling
- Divorce/Separation/Changing Families
- Social Skills
- Bullying Problem Solving
- Decision Making/Goal Setting
- Relational Aggression
Small Group Counseling is available for students who are having similar issues or concerns. These groups are offered with the hope that students can come together to share their thoughts and experiences that they may have in common with each other. The small group format also provides an opportunity for your student to reinforce skills that will support and enhance their academic, emotional, and personal/social development.
Groups usually consist of about 4-10 students and can last from 5-8 weeks. Groups are formed from student assessments and teacher/parent recommendations. Topics of groups depend on the needs of the students or teacher- parents recommendations including, but not limiting: relational aggression. family changes, study skills, academic support, emotional regulation and friendship.