Information about our school counselors and program
Colvin Run ES Student Services Team
School counselors, a school psychologist, and a social worker form the Student Services team at Colvin Run ES. Each discipline has unique skills and training, and together they provide a stronger team than any single profession could provide on its own. Students, parents, staff, and school benefit from the student services team.
All students at Colvin Run will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to further their academic and personal/social goals in order to work toward being college and career ready.
The developmental counseling program ensures that all students’ academic, social, emotional and career needs are accessed and addressed while a part of the school’s rigorous learning environment. Counselors work collaboratively with and support the needs of students, staff, community, and parents. The program helps students learn the character education traits of compassion, honesty, respect, courage and responsibility and how to implement them in all areas of their lives. Students gain the foundation to be career and college ready; prepared to positively and productively “Shape the Future.”
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.
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.