Mrs. Cogan

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.
 ~Hodding Carter~


Mrs. Cogan

Hello, my name is 

Mrs. Cogan

I am the School Counselor at Clinton Elementary School.  As the school counselor, I meet with all students grades K-6 to implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program.  My goal at the elementary level is to prevent problems that will make education difficult for students now and in the future.  As the school counselor, I will work to help all students develop personal, social, academic, and career skills that will allow them to become successful and confident learners.  I visit every classroom once a month to teach classroom guidance lessons that are developmentally appropriate to every grade level.  Lessons support the building wide character education program and encourage positive core values and traits including, but not limited to, fairness, responsibility, accountability, respectfulness, and kindness.  


CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSON TOPICS INCLUDE...
EMOTION MANAGEMENT EMPATHY & RESPECT SKILLS FOR LEARNING LISTENING WITH ATTENTION BEING ASSERTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING SEEKING HELP DEALING WITH PEER PRESSURE DEALING WITH GOSSIP ACCEPTING DIFFERENCES DISAGREEING RESPECTFULLY PLAYING FAIRLY USING SELF TALK TAKING RESPONSIBILITY BULLY PREVENTION HEALTHY CHOICES PERSONAL SAFETY DRUG AWARENESS

SMALL COUNSELING GROUPS...

Small counseling groups consist of children (typically 4-6) from similar grade levels.  These children are chosen to be part of a group depending on the topic.  Students may sign up for a specific group, teachers or parents may refer, or students could be chosen by the counselor.  Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Divorce
Changing Families
Study Skills
New Students
Social Skills
Friendship
Anger & Stress Management
Grief

Typically groups meet once a week, for a period of 6 weeks.  Parents will be informed when their child is being asked to participate in a group via a parent permission letter or a phone call from the counselor.



INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING...

Individual Counseling with students is based upon teacher, parent, or self-referrals.  Students may self-refer by leaving a note in the mailbox just outside of my office door.


CONTACT INFORMATION

It is my mission to encourage the maximum development of every student with concern to educational, academic, career, personal and social needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that may arise, so that we may work together to support the needs of your child. 

PHONE 426-2181 EMAIL: vcogan@msad49.org


STATEMENT OF CONFIDENTIALITY

I respect the rights and relationships of students, 
information shared with me will be kept confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed.