School Counselor

Hope Hersom, Guidance Counselor

 

 I have been a school counselor for ten years, the first two years at the high school level and the last eight years in MSAD 5 and RSU13 at the elementary/middle school level.  My family and I enjoy living in Mid-Coast Maine.  Our newest addition to the family is a golden retriever, George, who makes sure I get my daily walk around town.  I also enjoy yoga and reading cozy mysteries. 

 

Why you like to teach your grade or special area:

 

Being a school counselor is an absolute privilege!  I love meeting with students, listening to their concerns or successes and attempting to offer support and encouragement whenever possible. 

 

Favorite student units:

 I love helping students recognize and identify their feelings; something I wish I had been more adept at as a child.  Also, I absolutely love incorporating mindfulness strategies into some of my classroom guidance lessons, groups or individual counseling to assist students with self-regulation and improved attention.  Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment, non-judgmentally.  A primary strategy is to focus on the breath, using it as an anchor, which steadies us when the waters are rough.

 

Parent contact plan:

I may be reached at 354-2312 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  My e-mail is hhersom@rsu13.org

  

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the school counselor

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the school counselor

 

What is the role of a school counselor?

The role of the school counselor is to meet with students individually, in small groups, during classroom lessons, and for Lunch Bunches. School counselors also consult with parents, teachers, administrators, social workers, and school psychologists to ensure school success for students. School counselors coordinate a wide variety of services

 

For more information regarding the profession of school counseling, visit the American School Counseling Association website (ASCA) at: www.schoolcounselor.org

 

                           How can I reach Mrs. Hersom

 

CCS (354-2312) on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

                      Email: hhersom@rsu13.org

 

Who can see a school counselor?

The school counselor is available for ALL students. “In order to effectively promote the physical and emotional safety of all students, it is the policy of RSU #13 to permit access to counseling services to any student voluntarily requesting such services. All student conversations with the school counselor will be confidential and privileged, unless information provided by the student indicates that:

A.   The student is considering, or is involved in behavior(s) that would place him/her or another person in imminent danger. Suicide threats or threats of harm to specific individuals are instances where confidentiality responsibilities are secondary to the obligation to prevent harm.

B.  The counselor has reasonable cause to suspect, as a result of information received, that the student has been abused or neglected.

C.    The student is willing to give permission to the counselor to release information.”

 

Why might someone want to talk to the school counselor?

 

         There are many reasons why a student may want to meet with Mrs. Hersom. The following are a list of reasons (but are not limited to):

 

                  *Sharing successes, improvements, and  achievements

                  *The loss of a significant person or pet

                  *Stress &/or anger management issues        

            *Family changes (divorce, separation, new baby, moving)

                  *Friendship issues

                  *Conflict resolution

 

 

Counseling Services

 Mrs. Hersom

School Counseling K-5

Counseling Services

 

 

Individual Counseling

         Individual counseling occurs on a one-to-one, as needed basis. This interaction between a student and the counselor provides a student with the opportunity to explore ideas, share their feelings, and resolve issues. Some common issues discussed include: Improving relations with peers, communication skills, building self-image, coping with change, dealing with stress or loss. Students are referred to the school counselor by their parents, their teachers, or themselves.

         School counseling is brief in nature due to limited time constraints and is not intended to be long-term therapy. If therapy is desired, the school counselor is available to help coordinate a referral.

 

Small Group Counseling

 

         Small groups are offered throughout the school year for students who need or desire more school counseling related work. Specific age-appropriate topics for different groups include: Stress/anger management strategies, friendship skills, and accepting divorce or separation in their family.

 

Classroom Guidance

 

         Developmental classroom guidance offers the most efficient way to provide school counseling services to the largest number of students. Topics include recognizing feelings, developing an understanding of self and others, decision-making, communication, stress, personal safety and coping skills guided by the American School Counseling Association Mindsets and Behaviors. The number of classroom visits varies over the course of the school year.