Ways to refer:
- a child may refer themselves.
- a teacher may refer a student.
- a parent/guardian may refer his/her child.
- a staff member can refer a student.
For a parent/counselor meeting:
- call the school counselor to set up an appointment.
- send a note or an email to the counselor requesting contact.
Reasons for a referral:
- you have concerns with your child's attitude towards school.
- you have concerns with your child's academic growth.
- you have concerns with your child's relationships with peers at school.
- you have concerns with your child's personal development.
- you have concerns with your child's reactions to changes within the family that may be affecting his/her learning at school.
Why should it be done:
- provides student with more one on one help, support and intervention.
- increases specificity of interventions and supports and tailors them to the student.
- increases privacy for the student.
- removes the student from the situation or circumstances to discuss solutions.
- reduces anxiety and pressure on student.
- provides the student with the full attention of an adult.
- makes student feel secure.
When should it be done:
- when students are over emotional and cannot calm down in an appropriate and brief amount of time.
- when a student's needs are greater than those the teacher can provide in the classroom setting.
- when a student requires more support and attention to address or solve a problem.
- when students need more specific and individualized help, solutions, and plans to address issues.
- when a student needs more privacy than a teacher can provide in the classroom.
How should it be done:
- counselor referrals may be planned or spontaneous.
- for planned referrals, have the student set up a day or days and times to meet with the counselor ahead of time and provide the student with reminders.
- for spontaneous referrals where an incident happens and the student unexpectedly requires counselor support, send the student down to the counselor with a note briefly explaining what happened, or send the student down and call and explain to the counselor the issue.
- you may walk the student down or send another student to walk down to the counselor.
- the counselor may also come to the room to retrieve the student.