Counseling Department

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WELCOME TO THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT!

Our mission at Middle Ridge Elementary School is to meet the individual needs of all students through a preventative, comprehensive, and developmental school counseling program. With a focus on academic, personal/social, and career development, students will be empowered to achieve at their greatest potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally in all their future goals.   

    Mrs. Hinds pic    MESSAGE FROM MRS. HINDS          

Hello, mname is Mrs. Hinds and I am so proud to be the school counselor for Middle Ridge Elementary School.   I received my EDs in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of the Southwest. Prior to joining Middle Ridge, I worked as a middle school teacher in Rockdale County. I believe that all students can be successful by building upon their strengths and I am looking forward to working with and getting to know all of our students and family!

Contact Information

Mrs. Hinds
Email: hinds.odia@newton.k12.ga.us
Phone:  770-385-6463 ext. 5316
Google Phone: (470) 236-3740 (for virtual learning days)



                   

           Comprehensive Counseling Programs


Classroom Guidance

Classroom Guidance allows the School Counselor to work with a large group of students. Classroom guidance can include whole-group instruction, discussion, working in groups, art activities, and role-playing. Topics covered in classroom guidance include: character education, bullying prevention, social skills, career development, conflict resolution, self-control. Units are developed with a focus on the academic, personal/social, and career development of all students and are based on the needs of the students and teachers.

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is available for all students. Students can be referred by themselves, teachers, or parents. During individual counseling, students are empowered to create their own goals and to build on their strengths in order to make positive changes. Topics covered during individual counseling will vary based on the student's needs, but can include: anger management, conflict resolution, improving academic skills, coping with death, dealing with crisis situations.


Small-Group Counseling

Small groups allow the School Counselor to work with four to six students on a specific topic. Groups are usually formed based on a need identified by students, teachers, or parents. Groups meet for six sessions during the student's lunchtime and parent permission is obtained before groups begin. Topics covered in group counseling can include: anger management, developing healthy friendships, goal setting, and reducing test anxiety.

Resources and Referral

Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to contact the School Counselors with any questions or concerns they may have. Teacher consultations can cover behavioral or academic concerns and goals, classroom interventions, behavior management, or personal/social needs of students. Parent consultations can focus upon concerns at school or home, parenting strategies, or developmental concerns.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and I will be glad to assist. 

 

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