My name is Heather Heidt and I am excited to join the Atlas Elementary team as the school counselor this school year! The school counseling program includes a range of services: individual and group counseling, classroom counseling and lessons, crisis counseling, consultation, collaboration, family support and resource referrals. The school counseling program will be designed to benefit the needs of the students. Services are at no cost to Atlas Elementary students, as part of the Coeur d’Alene School District educational program curriculum.
· Parent referral
· Teacher referral
· Principal referral
Counseling groups are offered to students in need of support. Groups will generally meet once per week over a period of time (i.e. 6 weeks) during the regular school day. Counseling groups will address needs of students that are brought to the counselor’s attention, such as changing families, conflict resolution, social skills and friendship. Groups are an effective way for students to find commonality, express emotions, and practice skills with each other.
I will also be in classrooms to teach lessons from the Second Step curriculum, which teaches about emotions, skills for learning and how to have positive interactions with one another. Through these lessons, we teach the positive skills we want children to keep using and discourage bullying, disrespectful, or hurtful interactions.
Parents are encouraged to contact me through the school's main office (762-0626) or by email (email@example.com) if your child or children may benefit from the school counseling program while they are with us at Atlas during school hours.
I look forward to working with children and families this new school year!