Who are School counselors?
Kearney Public School counselors are certified, licensed educators. They have a Master’s degree in school counselors are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students.
To whom do they provide services?
Kearney Public School counselors provide services to all students. They participate on the assessment team for at-risk and special education students and collaborate with the principal, school social workers, and teachers to best meet the needs of each student.
What services do they provide?
Counselors help address the needs of students through a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal or social development of students. Counselors do this by providing direct and indirect services to students. Direct services can include school counseling, such as goal-focused counseling and short-term counseling. It could also include support and assistance during a time of crisis or emergency situation for students and their families. While indirect services consist of sharing strategies and working with parents to support student achievement, as well as referrals to community resources for additional supports.
What programs do the counselors use?
At the elementary level they use the 8 keys of excellence, internet safety, personal safety, personal protection, red ribbon week, career transitions, and second step bullying. At the Middle schools they use second step, Nebraska career connections, and sixth grade guidance. In the High school counselors use programs, such as, High school connect, Nebraska career connections, Naviance, and Apply2College day. All schools in the Kearney Public schools district have and follow the #BeKind initiative.