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Guidance

Our Counselor

Ms. Alicia Bellamy, M.S.ED., LPSC

abellamy@cps.k12.in.us

Ms. Bellamy has a bachelor’s degree in  Psychology and a master’s degree in  School Counseling. She also has a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy and Anxiety & Stress Management. Ms. Bellamy joined MacArthur in 2015. She previously worked with youth who had a variety of behavioral  difficulties and mental health conditions in the hospital setting. 

How do children see the guidance counselor?

Usually it’s by recommendation of the classroom teacher and/or the parent. Often, children will approach the counselor themselves and ask if they can see her.  

What exactly does a school counselor do? 

Much like the school nurse, counseling services are available to ALL  students, not just those with an emotional disability or in a crisis. The counselor can address issues using individual or small group counseling, as well as classroom guidance lessons. The guidance counselor is an adult in the building with whom students are never “in trouble.”

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School Counseling Services Provided 

  • short term individual counseling
  • small group counseling 
  • classroom guidance lessons 
  • crisis intervention 
  • consultation with teachers and parents
  • bully prevention education 
  • child abuse prevention education
  • referrals for community services 
Topics Commonly Addressed 
  • Emotional Regulation 
  • Anxiety 
  • Anger management 
  • Friendship skills 
  • Coping Skills 
  • Conflict resolution

SCHOOL COUNSELING MISSION STATEMENT

While utilizing a comprehensive school counseling program for all students, the mission of the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Counseling program is to empower all students to achieve academic growth. The school counselor, along with all staff, will promote social, emotional, and academic support to assist students in becoming life-long learners and a contributing member of society. 

SCHOOL COUNSELING VISION STATEMENT

We believe that all students deserve:

*an advocate *positive feedback *adults to turn to *open communication *to be free from bullying *a caring teacher *to be challenged *to have highly qualified teachers * realistic expectations *access to teachers when needed *to have a safe environment *resources *love *a clean home *a clean school *a great education * a counseling program that is evaluated annually * a counseling program that follows ASCA ethical standards

Community Resources

This list of resources is provided as a courtesy ~ choosing a particular service is left to the discretion of individual need and preference.