Guidance

Meet our school counselors, school psychologist, and social worker and learn about our school counseling program

Our School Counselors

School Counseling Services

FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counselling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, including classroom guidance lessons, groups, and individual counseling.

School Psychology Services

School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.

Our School Psychologist

Amy Urban @email

Social Work and Support Services

School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.

All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.

Our School Social Worker

Erin McRae @email

School Counseling Services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Lunch bunches
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and others
  • Referral assistance for services such as mental health counseling or crisis support

School Counselors help students and parents with:

  • Learning Test Taking Strategies
  • Career Awareness
  • Decision- Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Peer Relations
  • Communication Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Goal-Setting
  • Death and Loss
  • Divorce
  • Other concerns as requested

School Resources:

Helping Kids Succeed in School

Helping with Homework

Transition to Kindergarten

Anxiety Resources:

Easing Kindergarten Anxiety

9 Things Parents with an Anxious Child Should Try

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

Friendship Resources:

Supporting Friendships

9 Ways Parents can Help Bullied Kids Learn Resilience

Parenting Resources: 

Child Development

Hand in Hand Parenting

Helping Your Child Through a Divorce

Helping Children with Divorce or Separation

Grief and Loss:

Children and Grief

Talking to Kids about Grief

Helping Kids Cope after Disaster or Traumatic Event