Guidance

School Counseling

Ms. Beth Lerner   mlerner@mauryk12.org   931-379-1100 ext.5601

Philosophy

The Counselor at Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts believes:
1) All Students are capable of succeeding and overcoming barriers.
2) All Students have the right to be served by a comprehensive school counseling program.
3) Student diversity will be considered when planning and implementing the school counseling program.

Mount Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts'comprehensive school counseling program should:
1) Be driven by academic, career, and personal/social standards of the American School Counselor Association.
2) Be created and implemented with school and community stakeholders to meet the needs of all students.
3) be evaluated using data to illustrate the impact the school counseling program has on student achievement while using the results for program improvement. 

The Counselor:
-Will participate in professional development.


-Will adhere to the ethical and professional standards as advocated by the American School Counselor Association. lopment to stay knowledgeable of new tools and strategies that will maintain an effective comprehensive school counseling program.

Helping Kids During Crisis
Below are websites that provide guidance for discussing difficult topics.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance during this time.

From the American School Counselor Association
Website: http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=672
1) Try to keep routines as normal as possible.  Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
2) Limit exposure to television and the news.
3) Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
4) Listen to kids' fears and concerns
5) Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
6) Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
7) Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
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Stop It app

Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual & Performing Arts offers the STOP!T mobile app to our students to anonymously report bullying, cyberbullying, inappropriate conduct, harassment, academic dishonesty or any unsafe situation. The app also provides a way for students who are facing a personal crisis to reach out for help.

The STOP!T app is a simple and fast tool that empowers students to become upstanders and keep the culture of our school kind, safe and welcoming.

Through the app, students can send photos, videos, screen shots anonymously to our administration. We can have two-way communication with students and the only way personally identifiable information will be accessible is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

If you have any questions about the STOP!T app, please contact Principal Kevin Eady. Here are FAQ.


Suggested Web Sites
National PTA
Contains information about "Discussing Hate and Violence with Your Children."

PBA.org-TalkingWith Kids About the News
Develop Strategies for discussing today's headlines with children. Learn how to calm their fears and stimulate their minds.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to Children about Community Violence

Crisis Management Institute

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

FEMA for Kids