School Counseling

Meet our school counselors, school psychologist, and social worker and learn about our school counseling program

School Counselors

The mission of the Union Mill School Counseling Program is to support students so they can be successful lifelong learners. The program will address the academic, career, emotional, and social developments of all students. Elementary school counselors support classroom teachers and the overall educational team by helping students remove barriers to learning. The three primary methods for delivering service include individual counseling, small group sessions, and classroom guidance lessons.

Services:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Buddy Program (Once a week, sixth-grade students go to the Autism classrooms and work with the students.  Each student is paired up with a student and together they do activities and build relationships.)

Resources:

Mrs. Kourajian works with grades K, 3, 5, 6) and Mrs. Schmidt works with grades K, 1, 2, 4.  Please do not hesitate to contact our amazing school counselors!

Parent Resources

Our School Counselors

School Psychology Services

School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other caregivers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social-emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.

 

Our Psychologist

Paul Bordelon

Social Work and Support Services

School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.

All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.

Our School Social Worker