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    Sutherland Elementary School Counseling Program Information


    Hello Seahawk Families!  My name is Danielle Matthews and it is my pleasure to continue as your school counselor.  I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with information about Sutherland’s School Counseling program and the variety of ways I assist students and families.


    Classroom Lessons

    I visit each classroom multiple times throughout the year (generally once a month).  These lessons are developed to support students’ social and emotional learning, academic skills, and career exploration.  Lessons are 30 minutes in length and cover topics such as healthy decision making, school success, resolving conflicts, respecting others, and much more!


    Small Group Counseling

    A variety of small groups are offered to students who may benefit from spending additional time developing academic, social, or emotional skills along with their peers. Teachers or parents may request that a student participate in a small group.  Groups generally meet once a week for several weeks. Parent permission is necessary before a student may participate in a group. 


    Individual Counseling

    There may be times when a student is in need of individual support.  This short-term, educationally based support is not intended to take the place of, or replicate, therapeutic counseling services. 


    Community/Agency Support

    This may include providing information/referrals regarding community counseling services, Clothes to Kids, Hospice, Toys for Tots, and others.


    Section 504

    Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  This process begins with a 504 evaluation.  If eligible, Section 504 ensures that a child with a disability has equal access to their education.   


    What is social and emotional learning (SEL)?




    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which people understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  

    1. Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.
    2. Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
    3. Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social behavior.
    4. Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
    5. Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions.


    I look forward to another wonderful year at Sutherland.  Please contact me by phone at (727) 724-1466 ext. 2060, or email at matthewsd@pcsb.org if I can help you or your child in any way!