Linda Carbonneau, Counselor/Social Services Coordinator
Counseling services at Garfield are offered in the format of individual meetings, student dyads for talk-it-out sessions, ongoing small group sessions and classroom presentations. Small group sessions are offered throughout the year. Topics of discussion include ways to be a friend, how to make friends, adjust to changes, solve conflicts in friendship and understand self-control and responsibility.
GRRR = Garfield Cheetahs are: RESPONSIBLE ~ RESPECTFUL ~ READY
Our school-wide conflict management curriculum is Kelso's Choices. The program philosophy is simple: Each student is smart enough and strong enough to resolve conflict. The program empowers students with the ability to determine their own behavior and systematizes expectations of student behavior. Students learn a structure for discriminating between small problems which they can resolve and big problems that require adult intervention. It helps students deal with conflict in a positive manner and make appropriate choices. Parents are encouraged to become familiar with this program and use it at home.
These five reminders help students in both structured and unstructured settings throughout the school day. They are:
- Hands off - hands are for helping
- Use your words, not your body to express anger, frustration, or to solve problems
- Get help from an adult -there's always one close by
- No retaliation - don't make the same mistake back
- Be an ally - comfort and support, don't "get in the middle of it."
Linda Carbonneau, M.Ed.