Hello St. Benedict Catholic School families!
My name is Jen John and I am the school counselor at St. Ben’s. This will be my second year at St. Ben’s and I’m so excited to continue the work we started last year. I work with students in Preschool through 8th grade to support their social and emotional development through one-on-one meetings, groups and classroom lessons.
What does a School Counselor Do? As a school counselor, my work focuses on a student’s “wellness wheel” (social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual) so that we can create a school culture of success for all and maximize student success. This includes:
- Classroom Lessons I teach lessons in each classroom once/week. Some examples of lessons I give are: conflict resolution, inclusion, empathy, social skills, feeling skills, friendship and positive communication.
- Individual Counseling I offer short-term counseling to students during times of transition, heightened stress, critical change or other situations impeding student success. I do not provide therapy or long-term counseling; however, I am prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources. Reasons students might ask to see me are friendship conflicts, stress and anxiety management, pet loss and family conflicts.
- Group Counseling I run multiple groups throughout the year. Groups consist of 6-8 students and run once/week for 6-10 weeks. Some examples of groups I run are: friendship, stress management, social skills and impulse control.
- Staff/Parent Consultation & Collaboration Partnering with parents/caretakers/staff is the best way to support students. I share strategies supporting student achievement with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations. I guide students and families to school or community resources for additional assistance and information. I work closely with Ms. Tribble, teachers, specialists, parents and the community to support student achievement.
My hope for your students is that by the time they leave St. Ben’s, they will have a deep sense of who they are, how to care for others and become agents of change in the world. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my work or your student. I look forwarding to working with all of you to support our wonderful students!