Counseling Department

The Independence Counseling Services include:

  • Classroom Guidance Activities

  • Small Group Counseling

  • Individual Counseling

Classroom Guidance

A counselor will visit your child’s classroom three times each quarter at which they will present lessons that allow students opportunities to plan for the future, solve problems, and make the best of their educational experiences in a fashion which is unique to each student.  The lessons are based off of the Comprehensive Missouri Guidance Program and focus on:

  • Develop Skills in Career Planning and Exploration

  • Understand and Apply Knowledge of Self and Others to Daily Living

  • Demonstrate Educational and Vocational Development

Individual Counseling

In this format, children can benefit from counseling in a confidential setting during the school day.  We can also provide you with referral information to other agencies in the event your child may require these services.

Small Group Counseling 

 Support Groups will be offered throughout the year to help children develop coping mechanisms for dealing with a variety of adjustment issues.  Support Groups meet weekly for 5-7 sessions and run for approximately 30 minutes per session.  Each quarter we target a different support group to facilitate.  Below are a few examples:

  • Changing Families Group: (Divorce, Separation, Remarriage, etc) These groups provide opportunities for children to talk about and share their feelings, learn coping skills, and develop a support network.

  • Self-Esteem/Friendship Group: These groups are designed to teach social skills and provide positive activity/discussions, which will contribute to positive self-esteem development.

  • Grief and Loss Group: These groups provide children the opportunity to express their feelings related to the trauma and healthy alternative coping skills will be discussed.

  • Anger Control Group: In these groups, children who struggle with controlling their anger will be taught to identify “early warning signs” and appropriate alternatives to acting out will be taught.

  • Study Skills: In these groups, children who struggle with organization, time management, and work completion can get extra tips and support in order to minimize frustration and build independence.

Independence counselors are also involved in character education, peer mediation, conflict resolution, Red Ribbon Week, and career fair organization.



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