Guidance & Counseling Program

Welcome to the Odyssey Charter School Guidance & Counseling Program!

The Guidance and Counseling Program at Odyssey Charter School is based on the American School Counselor Associations National Standards and facilitates student development in three content areas:

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Personal/Social Development

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

An elementarty school guidance program:

  • Follows ASCA (American School Counselor Association) guidelines.
  • Is part of the total school program.
  • Complements learning in the classroom.
  • Is child centered, preventative, and developmental.
  • Encourages students’ social, emotional, and personal growth.
  • Helps students maximize their potential.

OCS’s program also includes:

Individual Counseling: Individual counseling is provided to students who are referred by parents, teachers, administrators or the counselor. Parental permission is required and services are confidential.

Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling is offered throughout the school year on various topics such as divorce, grief, friendship skills, self-esteem and social skills. Student participation in group is confidential and requires parental permission.

Developmental Classroom Guidance Lessons: Lessons are designed to assist students with their personal/social, academic and career development.

Family Counseling: Meetings are available upon parent request.

Consultations: Assisting staff, families, and community to work with students.

Referrals: Assisting families in identifying and accessing community resources.

The benefits of a Guidance & Counseling Program include assisting the student with:

  • Understanding self and developing a positive self-image.
  • Showing respect for the feelings of others.
  • Understanding the decision making process.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with peers and adults.
  • Developing effective study skills.
  • Being prepared to make the transition to the intermediate school.
  • Becoming responsible for their own behavior.
  • Receiving crisis intervention when necessary.

Qualifications include:

  • A Master’s Degree
  • A state certification as an elementary school guidance counselor

Additionally, special preparation in the following areas:

  • Child growth and development
  • Individual counseling skills
  • Group counseling and guidance skills
  • Communication skills
  • Elements of career development
  • Educational and psychological measurement
  • Theory and practice of counseling including exceptional and culturally diverse children
  • Philosophy and principles of guidance
  • Research and evaluation
  • Elementary school guidance

Odyssey Charter School's Guidance & Counseling Program is headed up by Barbara Berrick.

Mrs. Berrick can be reached as follows:

Miss Nannas, Guidance Counselor at the Lower School, can be reached as follows:

Barbara Berrick LPCMH, NCC
Elementary Guidance Counseling Services
Odyssey Charter School
994-6490 Upper School

Kristin Nannas
Elementary Guidance Counseling Services
Odyssey Charter School
994-6490 ext. 111 Lower School