My name is Ms. Karmen Smith and I am the School Counselor at Barbara Jordan Elementary. I am so delighted to be a part of such a kind, thoughtful, positive community. I have over 18 years experience as a counselor. My personal goal as a school counselor is to provide a warm and safe environment where each child can learn to love who they are, and to facilitate those coping skills needed for everyday life. Each day is a new day. It is a joy to be able to encourage children as they strive to develop personal discipline and social skills. By working collaboratively with students, teachers, and parents, I can help to identify and remove barriers to learning. I work with every student individually, in small groups, and/or in their classroom. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you or your child.
Ms. Karmen Smith
How might my child experience school counseling services?
Individual Counseling- A student is referred by their parent, teacher, or principal. Students can also request to see me. Students come to my office to talk about things that impact their learning at school, such as friendships, study skills, and self-esteem. In my office, students can feel free to talk about what worries them and to ask questions. Topics are based on the needs of the student and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Small Group Counseling- A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 6-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress-management. A permission form will be sent home that notifies parents about topic discussions, what will be covered, and the goals of the group. Parents have the option of allowing their child to participate or declining the invitation to the small group.
Classroom Counseling Lessons- Classroom lessons are regularly scheduled and address personal, social, academic, and career-related needs. Topics may include self-esteem, conflict resolution, study skills, anger management, career awareness, tattling/reporting, friendship/social skills, responsibility, respect, teasing/bullying, feelings, cooperation, goal setting/decision-making, and peer pressure.
I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.