Casey Villarreal, Triangle Day School’s counselor, offers individual student counseling, small group sessions, and delivers a counseling curriculum to both Lower School and Middle School students.
Small group counseling occurs with 2nd through 5th graders and 6th through 8th graders where students are surveyed to see what topics they would like to discuss. Themes include help with time management and organization, social issues, and more sensitive topics like divorce and dealing with loss of a loved one. These small groups meet once a week during lunch for 4-6 weeks.
Ms. V visits every classroom a few times a month to engage the students in an age-appropriate lesson. These sessions usually cover topics such as academic achievement, personal & social growth, character development, and career exploration. All 6th graders meet for a Social Emotional Health class in a classroom setting every week. In 7th and 8th grades, teachers integrate parts of the counseling curriculum into their classes.