My name is Golden Crews and I am one of the School Counselor’s at Mesa Linda Middle School. We are here to work with students and their families in the areas of Academic, Personal/Social, and Career Development goals. Our position requires the ability to provide confidentiality to our students and represents a safe place for your child to talk without fear of repercussions. Students are able to see us before school, during their lunch, or after school. Only with permission from their teacher or an emergency do we have meetings with students during their instructional time. Our availability to parents or guardians is open door, but we always suggest setting an appointment as students come first.
The counseling department strives to assist all students with educational, personal, social, and career development goals. Services and activities are of a developmental nature in that they contribute to the school’s mission of educating the whole child. The counselor utilizes a number of research based techniques which are proactive and confidential in nature, while also responding to individual needs and situations. Counseling is provided individually, in a group, and with families. Topics include career, diversity, decision making, organization, anger management, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, self-esteem, and social/interpersonal needs. Typical approaches include, but are not limited to the following:
-Play/Art Therapeutic Experiences- role playing solutions
-Strengths Based Talk Therapy-use of individual strengths to manage and improve decision making
-Behavioral coaching-goal setting
-Therapeutic games-developing coping skills
-Conflict Resolution processes-working out disagreements
-Bibliotherapeutic Experiences-discussing texts relevant to student experience
Mr. Crews is credentialed with a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services certification with additional clinical training to provide students with a safe adult to discuss academic, personal/social, and career topics with confidentiality. However, the school counselor is a mandated reporter and will only break that confidence solely using relevant information necessary to prevent harm to the student or harm to someone else.
|Flirting or Hurting||Sexual Harassment Awareness|
|An Apple is An Apple||Diversity|
|Career Tree||Career Goals|
|Zombie Apocalypse||Decision Making|
|A Perfect World||Decision Making/Diversity|
|Striving Versus Surviving||Decision Making/Peer Pressure|
|How I Learn||Self-Awareness|
|Messy Bag||Time Management/Organization|
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