Counseling

Mission Statement

The mission of the Valley View Elementary Counseling Program is to nurture and support EVERY student in reaching his/her full potential academically, socially and emotionally. The program strives to promote and enhance student achievement by delivering prevention, intervention and referral services. It is our goal to work collabortively with students, parents, staff and the community to provide a safe and encouraging educational experience.

What Are The Limits of Confidentiality?

Elementary students are beginning to understand the value of privacy for themselves, their families and others. Respecting the child's (and family) right to privacy, confidentiality, is fundamental to the counseling relationship. It allows students an opportunity to share their concerns with a trusted adult who will listen non-judgmentally and help them problem solve in an enviroment of physical and emotional safety. Because the safety of ALL students is paramount, there are limits to maintaining confidentiality. As required by Washington State Law and Ethical Standards of the American School Counselor's Association, the following are instances where a school counselor MUST report disclosed information to the appropriate authority:
1. Intent to harm one's self or someone else is expressed.
2. Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or adult.
3. An appropriate court order is received and verified.
4. Legal consent is given to share specific information.

For more information about the legal and ethical requirements of a school counselor, please visit http://www.schoolcounselor.org/

How Are Students Referred To The Counselor?

Parents / Guardians, teachers or other staff may refer a student by simply discussing their concern with Mrs. Mifflin. There is not a formal process. Parents who are concerned about their child's academic, social or emotional well-being are encouraged to contact Mrs. Mifflinto set up a meeting. It is our goal to work collaboratively with a student's caregiver to offer support and encouragement while they are a student at Valley View Elementary. Students are also welcomed to make appointments or stop in when Mrs. Mifflin is available to discuss any issues or concerns they might be dealing with. If Mrs. Mifflin intends on meeting with a particular student on a regular basis, the caregiver will be notified and consent given. If you have any question, please contact Mrs. Mifflin at 925-8138 or by email at talia.mifflin@esd401.org.


How Do I Contact Mrs. Mifflin?
Mrs. Mifflin's regular school hours are M-F, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Her office phone number is 925-8138. You may also email her at talia.mifflin@esd401.org.

Programs

Kelso's Choices


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Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Program
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This highly effective program teaches kids the difference between "Big Problems" versus "Small Problems." Beginning in Kindergarten, students are taught the 9 strategies to minimize conflict. Students are also given opporunities to practice, share and discuss concerns during regularly scheduled lessons taught by Mrs. Mifflin. You may also want to look at the website www.kelsochoices.com for additional information and ways to use this program to help solve conflict between siblings within the home!



Second Step

The goal of the Second Step Program is to increase students' school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills. It teaches students skills for learning- such as paying attention, listening, and sitting still- as well as how to manage their emotions, solve problems, and make friends. If you would like more information about this program or ideas about how to reinforce these practices at home you can visit www.secondstep.org.

Resources

Helping Kids Cope with a Tragedy.doc


Born Learning
Information for parents on how best to prepare children to learn. Includes nutrition and health & safety tips. Sponsored by the United Way
Bucket Fillers
This website contains great information for parents about how to support your child in being a Valley View "BUCKET FILLER"
Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health
CWCMH provides counseling services for Kittitas County
Helpful Study Tips
This webste provides helpful study tips for students and parents.
Kids Health
Information for parents on health and education topics.
Love & Logic Parenting
Provides simple and easy to use techniques to help parents have more fun and less stress while raising responsible kids
National Association of School Psychologists
Comprehensive site on all child related topics
Talking With Your Child About "Tough Issues"
This website provides practical tips & strategies to help parents talk easily and openly with their children.
WATCH D.O.G.S
Watch a short video highlighting the WATCH D.O.G.S father program.