The mission of the School Counseling Program at Morenci Schools is to support the school community by developing and integrating a comprehensive counseling program that assists our students in personal/social, academic and career programs. This will allow our students to develop a positive sense of self and become effective students, responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
Our vision is to create a school culture that supports healthy development of all students. School counseling helps students become better communicators and empowers them with important social and emotional skills critical to their futures.
As an integral part of the counseling program, your student will have access to personalized individual counseling and group counseling. Your student will have the opportunity to actively participate in counseling, determine their outcome goals and learn how to persist in the face of adversity.
School counseling is short-term and solution-focused. Due to the volume of students, Individual Counseling and Group Counseling typically provide students with 6-8 sessions. Additional sessions may be arranged on an as needed basis. School counseling is not designed to replace clinical counseling, but is a useful addition. Referrals for outside services and community resources are available for students and families.
Individual school counseling provides each student with a personal opportunity to receive support and guidance to help them become and remain emotionally and academically successful. Crisis intervention is also provided. Individual school counseling does not take the place of clinical counseling.
Small group counseling provides a supportive environment for students to express their thoughts and feelings about particular topics with their peers. Within the group setting students learn how to become good communicators, cooperative members of a team, effective leaders and concerned members of their school and communities.
Counseling provides students the ability to focus on emotional and social development. Counseling also provides a framework for learning in three major areas:
1. Self-awareness and self-management skills. Students learn how to identify and manage their own emotions and behaviors.
2. Social awareness and interpersonal skills. Students learn how to establish and maintain positive relationships.
3. Decision making skills and responsible behaviors. Students learn how to implement skills and behaviors within personal, school, and community contexts.
Students understand the value of privacy. Respecting this right to privacy, and confidentiality, is essential to a counseling relationship. It allows students an opportunity to share their concerns with a trusted adult who will listen non-judgmentally and help them problem-solve in an environment of physical and emotional safety.
Information that students share in the context of counseling will be kept confidential. However, there are limits to maintaining confidentiality as required by law and ethics. These include:
• Intent to harm self or others
• Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult
• An appropriate court order is received
I also recognize that parent and teacher communication is essential in helping our students succeed. While I respect a student’s right to confidentiality, I will ask for permission to speak to a parent and/or teacher about a situation when I feel there is pertinent information to help us work together as a team to support the student.
We all need a little extra help sometimes. Below are some resources that may be beneficial to you and your family.
Research shows that children want to spend more time with their parents, even though they may act the opposite way. Consider these ideas for enjoying time together.
• Look for activities to do side by side, such as cooking, baking and even folding laundry.
• Build in daily ‘solo time’-just you and your child, such as going for a walk, helping them with homework or visiting them in their room.
• Make a date. Go to the movies, go to dinner or anything else that appeals to the two of you.
Regardless of the activity you do together just make time, and be sure to COMMUNICATE! Communication is key to any successful relationship, and it is the lifeline to your child. Ask open ended questions and take an active interest in what they find enjoyable!
TEEN LIFELINE: 1.800.248.TEEN
COUNTY CRISIS CENTER: 1.866.495.6735
SUICIDE: 1.800.SUICIDE or 1.800.273.TALK
GRIEF SUPPORT & EDUCATION: 1.650.321.5272
RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT: 1.800.656.HOPE
AlaTeen: 1.888.4AL.ANON Help for people who have, or know someone who has a drinking problem.
YOUR LIFE YOUR VOICE: 1.800.448.3000
‘My Life My Voice’ is a mood journaling app. It offers a simple solution for tracking your thoughts, feelings and moods in this interactive tool that you can keep right on your phone!
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- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell
- Lifetimes by Bryan Mellonie
- Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
- When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Krasny Brown
- A Safe Place to Live: A Story for Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence by Michelle A. Harrison
- Best of Both Nests by Jane Clarke and Anne Kennedy
- Dinosaurs Divorce by Marc Brown
- 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W. Phelan
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- Taking 'No' for an Answer and Other Skills Children Need:Fifty Games to Teach Family Skills by Laurie Simons
- Try and Make Me! by Ray Levy and Bill O'Hanlon
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- Ish by Peter Reynolds
- Perfect Pals : How to Juggle Your Way from Perfection to Excellence by Janet Bender
- What To Do When Good Isn't Good Enough by Thomas Greenspon
- American Medical Association Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen by American Medical Association, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and Amy B. Middleman
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- The Period Book, Updated Edition: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know) by Karen Gravelle and Debbie Palen
- A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles by Patti Kelley Criswell and Angela Martini
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- My Secret Bully by Trudy Ledwig and Abigail Marble
- Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons
- Please Stop Laughing At Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story by Jodee Blanco
- ADD not BAD by Audrey Penn
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- The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD and ADHD by John Taylor
- Why Can't Jimmy Sit Still by Sandra Tunis
- Harold and The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
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- Arnie and the Stolen Markers by by Nancy Carlson
- Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom
- Dude, That's Rude! (Get Some Manners) by Pamela Espeland, Elizabeth Verdick and Steve Mark
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- Finders Keepers for Franklin by by Paulette Bourgeois (Author), Brenda Clark (Illustrator)
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General Tips for Parents:
1. Build your child’s self-esteem. Tell them you love them and are proud of them! When your child does not succeed encourage them to keep trying and praise their efforts.
2. Be available for your child. Talk with your child everyday and genuinely listen to their concerns.
3. Discuss with your child the qualities in a friend that are most important, such as being trustworthy and kind.
4. Get to know your child’s friends.
5. Get to know the parents of your child’s friends.
6. Discuss the importance of making the right choice when it comes to steering clear of alcohol and drugs.
Encourage Independence and Responsibility:
1. Set clear expectations of your child’s responsibilities and consequences for not fulfilling responsibilities.
2. Encourage your child to organize everything they need for school before going to bed each night. (homework, catpad, lunch, clothes for the next day, etc.)
3. Avoid rescuing your child by dropping off things during the school day that they left at home. Suffering the consequences of not having needed materials is the best way to prevent this from continually recurring.
Tips for Being a School Parent:
1. Familiarize yourself with Morenci School’s website, Canvas, PowerSchool and Seesaw Applications.
2. Be involved and value your student's education, as there is a correlation between your involvement and their academic success.
3. Do not hesitate to call or email Morenci Schools with questions or concerns. We are here to help!
Tips for Easing Academic Concerns:
1. Help your student with time management skills.
2. Work together on a schedule for completing homework and studying.
3. Encourage your student to work independently on homework while offering enough support to foster self-confidence.
4. Help your child gain autonomy and become their own advocate by encouraging your child to discuss academic concerns with
5. Help your child adjust to the demands of a new school year early on, as this is vital to their academic success.
6. Familiarize yourself with our school’s educational opportunities, such as tutoring, Saturday school and intersession. These are valuable resources that our school offers to help your student succeed.
Morenci Townsite Community and Activities
Jorgensen Brooks Group is a local counseling agency
HealthyChildren.org is a parenting website, powered by pediatricians who are committed to the overall wellness of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
KidsHealth provides information on health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.
If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little,
they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big,
because to them all of it has always been big stuff.
~Catherine M. Wallace
Metcalf & Fairbanks Counselor
Metcalf: (928) 865-7290
Metcalf Elementary School Hours
Tuesday - Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Grief & Loss
- Problem Solving
- Crisis Intervention
- Character Building
- Anger Management
- Self-Harm & Suicide
- Academic Improvement
- Children with Incarcerated Family Members
- And Much More...