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    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.  These lessons are developed to support students’ personal growth, academic skills, and career exploration.  Lessons are 30 minutes in length and cover topics such as friendship skills, 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 personal or academic 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. Parental consent is necessary before a student may participate in small group counseling. 


    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, private therapeutic counseling services.  Parental consent is necessary before a student may participate in individual counseling.  


    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.   


    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!