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School Counseling Website

​​Hi! My name is Melissa Lindsey and I am so happy to be the School Counselor at Midland International Elementary and Howbert Elementary! This is my tenth year as a School Counselor and my seventh year at both schools.  I have an amazing husband, Kenny, who's a teacher in D-11 as well.  I received my Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 and my Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2008.  Before moving back to Colorado Springs, I was a School Counselor on the Navajo Reservation in Sanders, Arizona from 2008-2011.  I enjoyed my three years living and working on "The Rez," but I'm very excited to be back home near my family and friends! 

 What do Elementary School Counselors do?  

Teach classroom guidance lessons

Provide immediate and short term individual counseling

Facilitiate short term small group counseling sessions

Consult with parents

Work collaboratively with teachers and staff

Provide information/referrals to outside community resources  

Understand the self and develop a positive self image

Understand the decision making process
 

Show respect for the feelings of others

Maintain effective relationships with peers and adults
 

Be prepared to make the transition to middle school

 
 

***Here's a short Youtube video about what School Counselors do:                


                           http://youtu.be/F38vcHf5Xfc 
 

Counseling services offered at Midland and Howbert:  

Guidance Lessons:  Guidance lessons are an integral part of the elementary school counseling program and important to every student’s academic success. One of the most effective ways for school counselors to help prevent academic problems is by discussing self-esteem issues such as peer relationships, stress, or dealing with feelings and emotions in large group guidance lessons in the classroom. The lessons are preventative in nature, designed to reach all students, and are taught in the classroom regularly by the counselor. This year, I am using the Second Step Curriculum (skills for social and academic success). This program teaches empathy, problem-solving and anger management skills to all students K-5. For more information regarding this program, please visit the Second Step website: http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step.aspx 

Individual Counseling:  Elementary school counselors are available to meet individually with a student in circumstances when a student's educational success is being impacted. The school counselor spends time working with individual students to improve their social skills, discuss feelings, and to empower problem solving methods. Elementary school counselors assist ALL children. While a counselor cannot provide on-going counseling, it may be appropriate for a student to receive short-term individual counseling. When more attention and intervention is required, school counselors can act as a referral agent for parents to access counseling services within the community.

Small Group Counseling: The purpose of small group counseling is to complement and enhance students' learning by improving their perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. Small group counseling provides a safe setting where children, along with their peers, can increase their self-awareness and improve their cooperation and communication skills. The children can learn from each other. Ultimately the goal of small group counseling is to prevent problems in the future by teaching children new skills. Every child can benefit from participation in a small group. Students can be invited to join a group by parent request, teacher or counselor suggestion, or by the students themselves.

Collaborate with Teachers and Staff:  Both teachers and counselors have similar goals: the educational success of each student. It is important that school counselors collaborate with teachers and administrators to promote student learning. If a student is having problems in a classroom, school counselors will join together with teachers to come up with some practical strategies which will remove educational barriers and enhance the learning environment of that student. 

Consult with Parents:  Parents and school counselors speak with each other to help the child/student on a variety of issues such as new school transitions, special needs, family transitions, and crisis situations. Studies have shown that children have greater academic achievement when their parents are involved in their education. Parental involvement is critical to helping a child be a successful student. Both parents and counselors can share information with each other to help meet the needs of the student. Additionally, school counselors can help put parents in touch with community resources, if the need arises.

Community Resources:  School counselors can provide short-term individual counseling for students, but when more intervention is required, they can coordinate referrals to community agencies. Below is a list of local mental health agencies and other social service providers. If these agencies do not meet your needs, please let me know.  I have a longer, more comprehensive list of outside service providers.

AspenPointe: 572-6330 OR 572-6100 

A Children’s Counseling Center: 570-7188

Switzer Counseling Center: 638-777
Peak Vista Community Health Center: 632-5700

 

How can I make an Appointment with the School Counselor? 

You can....  

Come into my office – Room 21​
Email me- melissa.quidachay@d11.org
Call me – 328-4552 (Midland) OR 328-4238 (Howbert)

Talk with your child’s teacher about making an appointment for you
 
Books to read with your child
There are many picture books that cover a wide array of social, emotional, or behavioral issues in young children's lives. Reading books to your children on some of these topics can be a great way to start a conversation with your child about problems that need to be addressed. Listed below are a few books that can be very helpful.
Books about Interpersonal Communication
 space camp.jpgPersonal Space Camp by Julia Cook, For ages 4-8

 

 

 

 

 

 words are not for hurting.jpgWords Are Not For Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick
                                           For ages 4-8
 
volcano.jpgMy Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
                                          For ages 4-8
  
Books about Managing Emotions
 
bambaloo.jpgSometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
                                          For ages 4-8
 
 
 you get.jpgYou Get What You Get by Julie A. Gassman
                                           For ages 4-8
 
  worried.jpgWemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
                                             For ages 4-8
 
 what to do.jpgWhat to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner &   
                                         Bonnie Matthews,
For ages 6-12
  
Books about Dealing with Divorce
 
 
dino divorce.jpgDinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown
                                          For ages 4-8
 
 
 divorce.jpg
What in the World Do You Do When Your Parents Divorce? By Kent Winchester & Roberta Beyer,
For ages 7 & up
 
Books about Loss and Grief
 
heart and bottle.jpgThe Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
                                          For ages 4-8
 
tear.jpgTear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
                                         For ages 8 & up
 
Books about Friendships & Bullying
 
stand up.jpg 
 
 
                                          For ages 8 & up
 

 

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