Elementary School Counselor
Mr. Matt Heyn, LCSW-R
For those of you new to the district or unfamiliar with my role, the position is essentially that of an elementary school social worker.
Here's a quick summary of the counseling position:
- A New Student Support Group meets in September/October to warmly welcome new additions to the school.
- Weekly counseling support is provided for students identified for Special Education services.
- Annual Bullying Behavior lessons are presented to grades 2-5. These lessons occur in November.
- The school counselor is an annual guest presenter for 5th Grade Wellness Day on dealing with stress. Students and parent chaperones practice relaxation through guided imagery.
- Assessing social struggles and bullying behavior allegations.
- Assisting teachers and/or parents in assessing early indicators of academic, emotional and/or behavioral struggles.
- Making referrals to community-based agencies or mental health practitioners when necessary.
- Providing individual student counseling support for low level emotional and behavioral concerns.
The most common behavior patterns we see each year are: children with exaggerated worrying (anxiety), difficulty staying calm (anger management), struggles with focus, attention and impulse control (ADHD), and indications of low self-esteem (often a result of distorted feelings of shame). In my experience, very few children mature without growing pains and missteps. If there is any assistance I might provide, please contact me. Intervening early is much simpler on both parents and students. Please don't hesitate to call.
Matthew G. Heyn, LCSW