STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
The Student Services Department of the Long County School System seeks to promote the academic, emotional, and physical well-being of students and their families.  Members of the Student Services Department include School Counselors and the School Psychologist.

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Long County Schools:   Jessica Ehrlich  /  jehrlich@longcountyschools.org
TEL:  (912) 545-2919     FAX:  (912) 545-2375
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program and must be certified by the state in which they work.
What School Psychologists Do:

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.  Specific roles and responsibilities include:
Prevention
  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.

Research and Planning
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.

Consultation
  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.

Evaluation
  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
  • Evaluate learning environments.

Intervention
  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management.
  • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.
What Elementary School Counselors Do

Elementary School Students’ Developmental Needs:   The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school self, peers, social groups and family. Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.

Elementary School Counselors Provide:
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals
  • System Support

Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
School Guidance Curriculum
  • Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Goal setting and decision-making
  • Education on understanding self and others
  • Peer relationships, coping strategies and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning
  • Academic planning
  • Goal setting/decision- making
  • Education on understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans
What Middle School Counselors Do

Middle School Students’ Developmental Needs: Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Middle School Counselors Provide:
What High School Counselors Do

High School Students’ Developmental Needs:  High school is the final transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. The biggest influence is their peer group. They are searching for a place to belong and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. They face increased pressures regarding risk behaviors involving sex, alcohol and drugs while exploring the boundaries of more acceptable behavior and mature, meaningful relationships. They need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of college admissions, the scholarship and financial aid application process and entrance into a competitive job market.

High School Counselors Provide:
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
School Guidance Curriculum
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution
  • Career awareness, exploration and planning
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning
  • Goal-setting/decision-making
  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition planning
Classroom Guidance
  • Academic skills support
  • Organizational, study and test-taking skills
  • Post-secondary planning and application process
  • Career planning
  • Education in understanding self and others
  • Coping strategies
  • Peer relationships and effective social skills
  • Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and study skills
  • Career awareness and the world of work
  • Substance abuse education
  • Multicultural/diversity awareness

Individual Student Planning
  • Goal setting
  • Academic plans
  • Career plans
  • Problem solving
  • Education in understanding of self, including strengths and weaknesses
  • Transition plans
Responsive Services
  • Individual and small-group counseling
  • Individual/family/school crisis intervention
  • Peer facilitation
  • Consultation/collaboration
  • Referrals

System Support
  • Professional development
  • Consultation, collaboration and teaming
  • Program management and operation
RESOURCES
Long County Schools:  Dr. Janet Poole  /  jpoole@longcountyschools.org
TEL: (912) 545-2367    /    FAX: (912) 545-2380
Gifted Services Program
School Psychologist
School Counselors
The Georgia Board of Education requires the development and operation of gifted education programs from public school students (grades K – 12).  Long County is committed to the belief that every student has a right to receive an education based on individual needs.  The primary purpose of the Gifted Program in Long County is to appropriately identify such gifted students (K – 12) and provide an enriched, challenging and differentiated approach to mastery of curriculum standards.  Programs for gifted students assure that the educational environment provides students the opportunity to extend competencies in the areas of cognitive skills, learning skills, research and reference skills, communication skills, and metacognitive skills, and creativity and imagination skills beyond the experience of the regular classroom.

A copy of the Long County School System Gifted Education Program Procedures and Operation Manual is available to the public for review at
the Long County Board of Education and at each Long County school.
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