School Counseling Team
Clermont Student Services Team
School psychologists, a social worker, and a school counselor form the Student Services team at Clermont 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 student services team.
At Clermont Elementary school, all students are encouraged to reach their highest potential both in academics as well as citizenship. The Clermont school counseling program is a student-centered, comprehensive program based on prevention. It addresses the academic, social, emotional and developmental needs of all Clermont students. As counselors, our goal is to empower children by offering experiences, support and programs that facilitate growth which will support children to make positive decisions that lead to healthy and meaningful lives. As counselors, we collaborate with staff, parents/guardians and community members, in order to support students as they experience the normal, developmental joys and frustrations that go along with childhood.
Students can meet with the counselor individually and/or in small groups, when requested by parents, teachers or themselves. School counseling is short-term. Parent permission is requested for any extended individual or group counseling. The counselors also visit classrooms regularly for classroom guidance lessons on a variety of topics.
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other caregivers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social-emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Our School Psychologist
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, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.
Our School Social Worker