COUNSELORS

 

COUNSELORS TEAM

Each counselor's contact information is below. Please reach out with any questions you have. Our number is: 919-346-0121.

 

WHITNEY CRESS

Ext. 2113

K-8th Counselor

KATIE BECK

Ext. 1032

High School Counselor

SARAH CESSNA

Ext. 2150

High School Drop Out Prevention Counselor

ERIN FARMER

Ext. 2050

High School Counselor

NICOLE HAIRSTON

Ext. 2115

High School Counselor

2020-2021 NCVA BEACON TIME SCHEDULE

Elementary School

    K-2: first Thursday at 2:00       

3-5: second Thursday at 2:00

*adjusted occasionally due to holidays/outings


September: Self-Confidence/Self-Advocacy

K-2:  September 17 @ 2:00: I’ve Got This! Starting my Year with Confidence!

3-5:  September 24 @ 2:00 I’ve Got This! Starting my Year with Confidence!


October: Bullying

K-2 October 1 @ 2:00 Strategies for Getting Along with Others

3-5:  October 8 @ 2:00 Strategies for When Someone is Rude, Mean, or a Bully


November: Thankfulness

K-2:  November 5 @ 2:00 Thankfulness

3-5:  November 12 @ 2:00 Thankfulness


December: Feelings and Emotions

K-2:  December 3 @ 2:00 How Are You Feeling?

3-5:  December 10 @ 2:00 Understanding the Strength of Emotions


January: Coping Skills

K-2:  January 7 @2:00 Dealing with Our Feelings

3-5:  January 14 @ 2:00 Coping Skills:  The Power of Positive Thinking


February: Self-Esteem

K-2:  February 4 @ 2:00 Self Esteem: It’s OK to be Different!

3-5:  February 11 @ 2:00 Self Esteem:  It’s OK to be Different!


March: Problem Solving

K-2:  March 4 @ 2:00 We Have a Problem!  Confident Problem-Solving Skills

3-5:  March 11 @ 2:00 We Have a Problem!  Confident Problem-Solving Skills


April: Friendship

K-2:  April 1 @ 2:00 A Recipe for Friendship

3-5:  April 15 @ 2:00 Enemy Pie


May: Test Anxiety/Summer Safety

K-2:  May 6 @ 2:00 Testing with Confidence! & Summer Safety

3-5:  May 13 @ 2:00 Testing with Confidence! & Summer Safety




Middle School

Middle School Town Halls - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00

*adjusted occasionally due to holidays/outings

September 28 - Advocating for Yourself/Taking Initiative/Responsibility

October 26 - Generosity

November 23 - Problem-Solving

December 7 - Managing Your Emotions

January 18 - Motivation

February 22 - Say Something

March 22 - Healthy Relationships/Bullying

April 26 - Optimism/Humor



High School

High School Town Halls - 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12:30

*adjusted occasionally due to holidays/outings


September 22 - Advocating for Yourself/Taking Initiative/Responsibility

October 20 - Generosity

November 17 - Problem-Solving

December 8 - Managing Your Emotions

January 19 - Motivation

February 23 - Say Something

March 16 - Healthy Relationships/Bullying

April 20 - Optimism/Humor



Learning Coach

Monthly released podcast, topics include:

October: Motivating Your Child

November: Raising a Resilient Child

December: The Power Behind Positivity: Positive Reinforcement

January: Is it Time to Ask for Help?

February: Apps Your Child is Using and What to Know About Them

March: Behavior is Communication

April: Safety for a Child in Today’s World

 
Papers Creative Agency

DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

 

MASTER BEACON TIME SCHEDULE

AVAILABLE COUNSELING GROUPS

Elementary School Groups

Coping Skills

Students will meet in small groups to learn and develop healthy self-regulation and coping skills based on Zones of Regulation. We will practice identifying our emotions, regulating emotions, identifying effective coping skills, neuroplasticity, and creating a coping skills plan appropriate to regulating different types of emotions.

Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

Grades 1-2 will meet on Mondays @ 1:30

Grades 3-5 will meet on Mondays @ 2:30

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/swftu89NAMHxVUt3A


Swimming in a Sea of Friends

Students will meet in small groups to develop and practice social skills including: conversational turn-taking and filtering, listening, playing fair and being a good winner/good loser, expressing feelings and needs with "I" statements, accepting and caring about others, and conflict resolution.

· Meets 1x a week for 6 weeks

Grades 1-2 will meet on Tuesdays @ 1:30

Grades 3-5 will meet on Tuesdays @ 2:30

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/nXBVXizo9JHdkrw58


Middle School Groups

Cool Kids (NEW)

This group will focus on executive functions based skills. We will work on building academic skills as well as social emotional skills. Group topics include: self-confidence, setting measurable goals, managing emotions and attitudes, strengthening relationships with others, developing positive study habits, and empowering ourselves and others to be positive influences.

· Group meets 1x a week for 6 weeks

· Wednesdays @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Offered in Fall (TBD Spring)

Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/41VNBAiS36SCgf188


Self-Confidence

Students will meet in small groups with the goal of building their self-confidence. Groups will have topics such as (develop healthy self-esteem, develop a positive self-image, practice positive self-talk, building confidence and accepting strengths, weaknesses and setbacks) and opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

· Thursdays @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Sign-up here! https://forms.gle/WetALKA2pY5smyjo6


Light Keepers (Anxiety and Depression)

Offers a chance for students to connect and support one other around shared struggles with anxiety and depression. Groups will explore topics such as triggers, positive self-talk, distorted thinking, social connectedness, and conquering fears. Students will be given opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a month Oct-April

· Sign-up here! LightKeepers Depression/Anxiety Group Sign-up SY2021


High School Groups

Light Keepers (Anxiety and Depression)

Offers a chance for students to connect and support one other around shared struggles with anxiety and depression. Groups will explore topics such as triggers, positive self-talk, distorted thinking, social connectedness, and conquering fears. Students will be given opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a month Oct-April

· Sign-up here! LightKeepers Depression/Anxiety Group Sign-up SY2021


Self-Confidence

Students will meet in small groups with the goal of building their self-confidence. Groups will have topics such as (develop healthy self-esteem, develop a positive self-image, practice positive self-talk, building confidence and accepting strengths, weaknesses and setbacks) and opportunities for discussion.

· Meets 1x a week for 5 weeks

· Wed @ 12:00 or 1:00

· Sign-up here! HS Self-Confidence Group Sign-up SY2021


Learning Coach Support Group

Parenting Children with Mental Health Needs Support Group

Many parents never suspect their child would be struggling with mental health disorders and coaching their child through difficult symptoms. Many times, mental health can shape the family’s way of life. But—NCVA parents are not alone. Many of our students are diagnosed with a variety of mental health difficulties and are enrolled at NCVA because they are more comfortable and thrive in a virtual setting. Parents can benefit from the support and time to connect with other families undergoing the same hurdles and successes.

· Meets 1x a month for 45 minutes

· Times will be on your LC CC Schedule (no need to register)

· Dates:

o October 14 @ 9:00 am: Addressing & Managing Behaviors

o November 4 @ 9:00 am: Encouraging Healthy Social Connectedness

o December 2 @ 9:00 am: Self-Care/Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family

 
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