School Counselor


Kris Poncek
School Counselor
kponcek@wausauschools.org

715. 261. 0974

 

What Do School Counselors Do?

The school counselor supports the positive growth and development of the entire child including his or her academic, social and emotional well-being within his or her school, home and community.  To meet this goal, counseling services are provided through classroom guidance lessons and activities, individual counseling, small group counseling, as well as consultation with parents, school personnel, and outside service agencies. 

 

Detail of Services:

School Counselor’s deliver….  A comprehensive school counseling program that supports all students’ academic, personal/social, and vocational development through the provision of the following quality services:

 

School Counseling Curriculum 

♦ Group/Classroom Activities 

♦ Career Development

♦ Parent Meetings

 

Individual Planning

♦ Individual Advisement

♦ Academic Support 

♦ Student/Parent Conferencing

♦ Student Transitions

♦ Future Planning

 

Responsive Services

♦ Collaboration with parents, administration, staff and students

♦ Crisis Counseling

♦ Individual and Group Counseling

♦ Conflict Resolution

♦ Referrals to Community Agencies

 

System Support

♦ Facilitating positive communication between school, community, and families

♦ Professional Development

♦ Program Management

♦ At-Risk Programming

 

Who can make a referral?

Student referrals for individual or group counseling can be made by parents or teachers throughout the year.  Referrals for either service are meant to provide individualized support to help make your child’s school experience as happy and successful as possible. 

 

Counseling Groups are discussion and activity groups that use positive peer support and problem solving to bolster self-esteem and encourage respect for self and others while addressing everyday things like gaining self-confidence, finding and being a good friend, cooperation and so forth.  Examples of groups may include: Family Change, Friendship, Social Skills, Anger Management, etc.

 

A written request is needed if you do NOT want your child to participate in a group and/or individual counseling services.

♦ Behavior Management

♦ Bullying and Harassment

♦ Career Exploration and College Planning

♦ Conflict Resolution

♦ Peer Relationships

♦ Family Change

♦ Personal Concerns

♦ School Success

♦ Setting Goals

♦ Stress Management

♦ Study Skills

 

CONFIDENTIALITY:

CONFIDENTIALITY means the information disclosed by the student to the school counselor belongs to the student.  Students may share information with others as they wish, but they have a right to privacy.  Student's privacy will be guarded as much as permitted by the law, ethics, and school rules.  We recognize the legal rights and responsibilities of parents in doing what is in the best interest of their children.  If students ask that information be shared with others, school counselors will only offer information the student is comfortable with. School counselors are obligated to breach confidentiality if a student poses imminent danger to self or others, state laws mandate reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect, or a court of law required testimony or student records. School counselors occasionally consult with other school professionals, but in such cases only information necessary to achieving the goals of the conference will be shared.  In addition, school counselors keep informal notes regarding conferences, notes that are stored in a secure, locked location and treated with confidentiality. 

When CONFIDENTIALITY must be breached:

  In cases of suspected abuse or neglect

  If a student poses imminent danger to self or others