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:
- Personal/Social Development
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Elementary 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.
What else is included in OCS's Guidance & Counseling Program?
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.
What are the Benefits for Students?
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.
What are The Qualifications of a School Counselor?
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
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:
Barbara Berrick LPCMH, NCC
Elementary Guidance Counseling Services
Odyssey Charter School
655-5760 ext. 204 Upper School
Miss Nannas, Guidance Counselor at the Lower School, can be reached as follows: