Counseling Services at Puckett's Mill
Classroom Guidance Lessons occur one day during the weeklong RRT special rotation. Counselors deliver lessons in academic, personal-social, and career domains.
Child Lures – School counselors present the GCPS-adopted abuse prevention curriculum to all K-5 students as part of the annual guidance curriculum. Each year, new rules are added in a developmentally appropriate approach. The parent letter has information about the program. I recommend talking with your children about family safety, trusting their instincts about safety, and the different adults in all locations who are there to help them, no matter what.
Lifelines is a Suicide Prevention curriculum presented to all 4th and 5th grade students. It is adopted through the GCPS Health department. The theme through all lessons is to seek help for yourself or others when needed. Parent letters will communicate important discussion points before the lessons are delivered.
Student confidentiality is important, but there are important exceptions:
- Potential Harm to Self or Others
- Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect
- Court or Other Legal Proceedings
- Confidentiality in group sessions cannot be guaranteed
Students sometimes benefit from one-on-one support through short-term individual counseling. Individual sessions with students are scheduled as requested by students, parents, and teachers.
Small Group Counseling
Counselors form small groups based on student needs. These last approximately 6-12 weeks. Groups may center around making positive choices, friendship skills, resiliency, coping with grief and loss, or building a positive self-concept. Parent permission is required for group participation.
Parents are an integral part of our Puckett's Mill team. Your counselor is here to support you and your students, as well as a resource for bridging home and school life for your children. If you would like to meet with a counselor, please schedule an appointment by calling 678-765-5110 (ask for a counselor) or by emailing Karen.Capes@gcpsk12.org or Gwen.Cheatham@gcpsk12.org.