Counseling Program Information

Henderson Elementary School's Counselors:

  • Help students resolve social/emotional problems.
  • Support the development of life-skills such as problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Provide opportunities for students to work cooperatively together.
  • Coordinate with school staff and community resources to assist students.
  • Offer crisis prevention and intervention.

These services are provided through classroom counseling lessons, individual brief counseling, and small groups.


Comprehensive school counseling programs promote and enhance student academic, career, and social/emotional outcomes. Effective school counseling is a collaborative process involving school counselors, students, families, teachers, administrators, other school staff and education stakeholders.


By participating in the comprehensive school counseling program, the students of Henderson Elementary will be able to demonstrate resiliency, growth mindset, citizenship, and responsibility. Students will be collaborative lifelong learners and leaders who are well-prepared to make a positive impact in our community.


The mission of Henderson Elementary’s school counseling department is to provide equitable access to a data-informed comprehensive school counseling program which will inspire all students to reach their maximum potential through academic, career, and social/emotional development. Henderson Elementary’s school counseling program provides developmentally appropriate activities including individual and small group counseling and school counseling curriculum lessons. School counselors at Henderson Elementary promote a creative learning environment, rigorous curriculum, and positive forward thinking and in doing so, encourage students to become successful lifelong learners and productive citizens.

Counseling Lessons

Developmental classroom counseling lessons are an opportunity to provide information and support to the entire student body. Lessons are designed based on school needs and county curriculum standards focusing on students' academic, social/emotional, and career development.

PWCS required Counseling Lessons:

  • Introduction to HNES counseling program
  • Skills for academic success
  • Career development
  • Social/emotional skill development (including emotional regulation, coping skills, and friendship)
  • Bullying prevention and intervention
  • Personal safety (including appropriate and inappropriate touch)
  • Substance abuse prevention


Small Group Counseling

Small Group Counseling is structured, age appropriate, social emotional learning with other peers that share similar experiences. This focused approach normalizes the learning process and provides students an environment with less pressure as they practice their skills.

Group sessions consist of structured learning activities that may include multimodal activities such as sensory play, role playing, reading books, games, and group discussions.

Students may be referred to a group by a teacher, parent, or administrator. A signed permission slip is always needed by a guardian in order for students to participate in a group.

Groups are held throughout the year based on the needs of students. Some group topics may include:

  • Skill building
  • School success skills
  • Anger management
  • Social skills and friendship
  • Changing families
  • Self esteem
  • Grief and loss


Individual Counseling

Counseling is provided on an as-needed individual basis for students. Individual counseling is available to students who are having difficulties with relationships, family/personal concerns, or if day to day tasks are proving to be difficult and overwhelming. These difficulties need to be interfering with schoolwork and prohibiting the student from active participation in the classroom setting.

Students are referred to the counselor by classroom teacher, administrator, or the student themself.


No Place For Hate

Henderson Elementary School was awarded the No Place for Hate designation in the 2020-2021 school year. We are working towards the No Place For Hate Designation this year. No Place for Hate is a collaborative initiative that provides PreK–12 schools with an organizing framework for students, administrators, teachers and family members to develop long-term solutions for creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable climate. No Place for Hate schools receive their designation in the following ways:

  • Building inclusive and safe communities in which respect and equity are the goals and where all students can thrive. 
  • Empowering students, faculty, administration and family members to take a stand against bias and bullying by incorporating new and existing programs under one powerful message. 
  • Sending a clear, unified message that all students have a place where they belong.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) provides the framework for the No Place For Hate curriculum. ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 26 regional offices in the United States and abroad.

ADL’s Education department provides educational programs, training and resources. Our anti-bias and bullying prevention programs for grades PreK–12 (A World of Difference® Institute and No Place for Hate®) assist educators and students in understanding and challenging bias and building ally behaviors. Our work in confronting antisemitism (Words to Action™) empowers middle school, high school and college students with constructive responses to combat antisemitism. We also have our Echoes & Reflections program to help students explore and critically reflect on the lessons of the Holocaust