Greetings! I’m Catherine Siggens, the School Counselor for Spruce Mountain Middle School. The 2016-2017 school year will be my 15th year as the middle school counselor. Experience helps, but regardless of how longI have been a school counselor, no matter how many lessons, techniques, and tools I have to draw upon, the work remains challenging, exciting, sometimes frustrating, and often life-changing. School counseling takes courage, strength, commitment and love to be able to delight in the unique, silly, stubborn, fragile, beauty of the “middle schooler and it is with pleasure that I do so.
As a school counselor, I perform the following roles to support and advocate for all students.
- Individual and small group counseling
- Classroom guidance lessons
- Participate in academic intervention meetings
- Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, agencies and students
- Respond to school crises or emergency situations
- Help create a safe and positive school experience
Here are some of the topics that can be discussed during counseling.
Making friends Liking myself Getting along with others Being a “new “kid Moving away Bullying
Learning and responsibility Studying/Organization Parents Divorce Death/Grief Abuse Drugs/Alcohol
Why do parents contact the school counselor?
- Concerns over student achievement
- Social/emotional concerns
- Sharing special needs of their child
- Family difficulties or concerns
- New school registration
How does a student see the counselor?
- Referral by friend(s)
- Request of a counselor
- Parent referral
- Administrative/teacher/staff referral
Please call my office at any time. I look forward to hearing from you!
Catherine Siggens, LSW
897-4319 Ext. 243