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    My Role as School Counselor at B.F. Day Elementary

    John TaylorHello, I am John Taylor and I am the school counselor at B.F. Day Elementary!

    Contact: John Taylor | Phone: 206 252-6018 | Email: Jrtaylor@seattleschools.org

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
      ~Dr. Seuss



     Montly Update! 
    This month our school wide social emotional learning focus will be on Kindness. When I visit each classroom, we will be talking about how we can show acts of kindness both here at school and at home. Throughout the month, the lessons will touch on how kindness relates to recess related activities such as: playing fairly on the playground, inviting others to join games. This SEL focus builds off last month’s lessons on personal space. Also, this focus will align with our December Dragon Den theme of Kindness.
     

    School Counselor

    “The elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment.” (American School Counseling Association, 2017)

    Please note*  I provide brief solution focused therapy I do not provide long-term therapy.

    Counseling Program Goals

    1. Empower students to be the best version of themselves, both academically and emotionally.  
    2. To provide social and emotional support by supporting students and teachers in the explicit teaching of life skills through one on one counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons.

    Basic Services

    1. Classroom Guidance Lessons to every classroom every week
    2. Small Group Counseling: to expand, enrich, and reinforce specific skills in areas such as social skills, emotion management, divorce support, anxiety, problem solving.
    3. Individual Counseling: to address specific needs of individuals who may need additional support.
    4. Supporting students and families who are in crisis

    Additional Services

    • Academic Problem Solving
    • Connecting Families to Community and Mental Health Resources
    • Collaborating with Teachers
    • Collaborating with Families
    • Assisting with School Transitions
    • School-wide Anti-Bullying Efforts
    • Assisting with implementation of the BF Day Way.

    Resources/Curriculum

    We utilize resources and curriculum from a variety of sources including:

    • Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum
    • RULER (mood meter)
    • Sound Discipline: Positive Discipline

    How to Access Services

    Anyone can access or request services for a student if concerns arise. Those who typically refer students to the counselor are:

    • Families
    • Teachers
    • Administrators
    • Specialists
    • Students (self-refer)

    How? Simply call or email Jrtaylor@seattleschools.org your concern.

    Online & Community Resources

    Puget Sound Adlerian Society Parenting Calendar | psasadler.org

    - A great online resource for parenting classes, support groups, and parent education events in the local area.

    Sound Discipline |  sounddiscipline.org/parents

    - Helps families and schools build respectful relationships with children using Positive Discipline approaches.

    SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: sengifted.org

    - A resource to help families of academically advanced students meet emotional needs and challenges.

    Books that Heal | booksthathealkids.blogspot.com

    - A bibliotherapy blog with children’s books on various topics to help address emotions, development, and life’s changes and challenges.

    Parents Helping Parents |  php.com

    - A nonprofit parent-directed family resource that provides guidance, support, and services to children with special needs and their families.