Meet our school counselors, psychologist, and social worker
Westlawn Wellness Team
School counselors, a school psychologist, and a school social worker form the Wellness Team at Westlawn Elementary. These are highly trained and experienced people. Each discipline has unique skills and training. Together, school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors provide a stronger team than any single profession could provide on its own. The students, parents, staff, and school benefit from the wellness team.
FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program.
As elementary school counselors, their primary objective is to assist students in reaching their potential to become effective learners. Their goal is to complement the learning environment in the classroom by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach.
Counseling will be conducted with students individually and in small groups, when requested by parents and teachers and determined appropriate. This service is short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parent notification is given to any extended individual or group counseling. There will also be monthly classroom guidance lessons focusing on student success.
School Psychology Services
School psychologists partner with teachers, families, counselors, and school social workers in an effort to help understand a student’s academic, emotional, and social needs. School psychologists work to promote wellness by conducting assessments, providing consultations, developing behavioral interventions, providing individual and group counseling, and connecting families with resources.
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse and neglect, etc. School social workers also partner with other wellness team members such as the school psychologist and school counselors to support the student’s academic and social and emotional needs.