Erin HarrisSchool Counselor
Phone: (757) 565-9300 (ext. 41233)

The mission of the J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School Counseling Program is to work in collaboration with staff, families, and the community to provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and proactive program with services that address equity and access by meeting the academic, career, personal, and social needs of all our students in order that they may achieve their fullest potential and become responsible, productive citizens.

If you have any questions about the school counseling program or have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact Blayton’s professional school counselor, Erin Harris, at 565-9300 ext. 41233.

Our work with children is guided by the Virginia Department of Education Standards for School Counselors.

  • Academics – Developing the skills attitudes, and habits of effective learners.
  • Career – Awareness of careers and the world of work
  • Personal/Social – Respect themselves and others in their day-to-day interactions

School Counseling Services

Services provided throughout the year:

  • individual counseling
  • small group counseling
  • classroom guidance
  • parent consultation
  • conflict resolution
  • career counseling
  • crisis counseling
  • referral services
  • transition activities
  • collaboration with teachers
  • community resources

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students’ immediate needs and concerns. Individual counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves by putting a note in the counselor’s mailbox or asking their teacher if they can see a counselor. The parent/guardian of a child, teacher,or administrator may also refer a student. The counselor assesses the student to determine if he/she could benefit from counseling at school. If the counselor feels she can assist the student and determines ongoing counseling (more than 3 sessions) is appropriate, written permission is obtained from a parent/guardian. Counseling is not recorded in a child’s cumulative folder.

School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature. A variety of techniques are used depending on the concern including active listening, bibliocounseling, artwork, modeling, scaling, board games, and role play. If a student needs ongoing therapy, the school counselor will facilitate a referral to an outside mental health provider.

Small Group Counseling

Groups are offered throughout the school year as determined by need.

Small group counseling is one of the responsive services available as part of the comprehensive school counseling program. Small group counseling is available to students in kindergarten through grade 5. Friendship and/or social skills groups are offered at all grade levels. Other group topics include study skills (attention and organization), handling difficult emotions (anxiety/grief/anger), impulse control, and changing families. Counseling is offered in a small group for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. Counseling helps students identify problems, causes, alternative and possible consequences so they can develop coping skills and take appropriate action. Depending on the topic, a variety of techniques and materials are used including books, short videos, art materials, role play, games, and suggestions for practice between sessions. Written parental permission is obtained for group counseling.

School counseling groups are short-term and typically last 4 – 10 sessions. Most of the groups for the older students are conducted during lunch to minimize loss of instructional time. Group counseling can benefit most students.