A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

Be who you are and be that well

Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School which has a long standing reputation for academic excellence and a caring environment which facilitates learning and spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Counselor

Counselor:

Mrs. Osterhage: Biography

Degree(s)

BS in Family Science and Psychology from University of Kentucky

MA in School Counseling from Northern Kentucky University

Licensed School Counselor in Kentucky and working towards full license in VA (currently need 1 more year counseling in VA with Provisional License.

Professional Background

I grew up in a K-8 Catholic school just like OLGC only I never had a school counselor until I got to High School. Even then, the counselor wasn't much help to me. I was not the smartest kid in class nor one who struggled, so from a counselor's view I often got "lost" or overlooked because I didn't need any academic help. However, I never felt like I was challenged or encouraged to reach my full potential. I also suffered from extreme test anxiety and my test scores never reflected my academic ability. It was from these experiences that I decided to become a school counselor and I have made it my personal and professional goal to help EVERY student (especially those lost-overlooked students & test anxiety sufferers) reach their full potential!

Favorite Teaching Moment

During the first week of school last year, a Kindergartner asked me if I liked counting the students. When I asked him what he meant he responded "You're the new school counter right? Isn't it your job to count the kids?" After a good chuckle I explained to him that I was the counselor and described all the fun things I get to do (including counting the kids sometimes!).

Favorite Food

Mac n Cheese, Popcorn and Sushi

Favorite Activity Outside of School

Soccer, playing with my “fluffy ball of furr” dog, Stella. Hiking, and exploring new towns, wineries, and restaurants

Fun Fact About Me

My husband and I are expecting our 1st child this coming November and cannot wait to become parents and meet our sweet baby girl.

Also, I am an EXTREMELY dedicated and proud University of Kentucky Basketball Fan which will be evident come March Madness time. GO CATS!!

Highlights

What do school counselors do?

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.

Classroom Lessons

This year, I will be in each classrooms once a during their scheduled Health & Wellness class as the main instructor for this special. Middle School will receive monthly counseling lessons during Religion Class or study hall.. The theme of each lesson will change each week (for K-5) and monthly (for MS) based on the needs of the students, teacher/staff recommendations, or current events. I will also be making appearances in each classroom to either review and refresh on specific lessons when needed, or to conduct observations when requested. Please feel free to reach out to me if there is ever a concern, or if you have a suggestion or recommendation for a topic you would like discussed with your child.

Topics include, but do not limit:

  • Friendship
  • Respect, Responsibility, Honest, Caring
  • Hygiene
  • Manners
  • Anxiety
  • Kindness
  • Career Exploration
  • Stress/Coping Skills
  • Study Skills, Time Management, Organization
  • Teamwork
  • Goal Setting
  • Bullying - "Be a Buddy not a Bully School Campaign"
  • Social Media
  • Self Esteem

Individual Counseling

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
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Social Skills
  • Academics
  • Bullying Problem Solving
  • Decision Making/Goal Setting
  • Anger
  • Relational Aggression
  • Other


Group Counseling


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.

Study Skills Group

This year, in addition to my Health & Wellness lessons, I will also be conducting a study skills group. We are starting off the school year with just the 6th grade, as they transition into Middle School, but are hoping to expand the groups to multiple grades. The 6th graders will meet with me 1x a week (as a homeroom) and we will discuss, review and practice how to be successful students. The primary goal of the class is for students to feel confident in their work/grades and not become overwhelmed with all the additional work that comes along with being in Middle School.

Topics that will be covered include the following:

  • Organization
  • S.M.A.R.T Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Study Habits
  • Note Taking
  • Accountability
  • Motivation/Preference
  • Consistancy

Each student will make an academic weekly goal, which I will be holding them accountable to make progress with. We will review our successes, while discussing how we can improve on areas that were not as successful for the week, and adjusting our goals where needed. I will end each session with time allowing the students to work on homework or make up work.

* I am also available to work with students ( all grades) individually on their study skills and organization per teacher and parent request!

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