Daniels Run School Counseling Program
The school counseling program addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students and prepares them to be responsible citizens and life long learners. This program is implemented in collaboration with teachers and parents, through individual and group student counseling, parent and teacher consultation, and classroom lessons to promote positive student adjustment, and to assist in maximizing each student’s potential.
Counseling Program Mission Statement
As school counselors, we uphold the Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs of Daniels Run Elementary School. In addition, we have the following mission in our role as school counselors:
- Help students develop emotional awareness and learn strategies they can use to regulate their emotions.
- Teach students how to make and maintain positive relationships with classmates and teachers and resolve conflicts in a peaceful, constructive way.
- Promote a school-wide culture focused on showing kindness and empathy to one another and to the greater Fairfax community through acts of service.
- Develop students’ awareness of a wide range of career and post-secondary learning options to consider and encourage them to cultivate an awareness of their own interests, skills, and priorities.
- Help students access the learning environment by equipping them with study skills and executive function skills.
FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program.
All students in FCPS have the opportunity to work with a state-certified school counselor. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group, or individual counseling.
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.