School Counseling Mission
- Fairfax County Public Schools’ school counseling programs work with students, parents and guardians, school staff, and community members to provide academic, college and career, personal and social counseling services that are comprehensive and developmentally appropriate. Services are provided to maximize the academic achievement of all students and promote the necessary skills, attitudes, and beliefs for all students to graduate prepared to effectively manage future challenges in a 21st-century society.
What do the Floris School Counselors do?
- Some of what we do include meeting with students individually and in groups to address socio-emotional and academic needs. We consult with parents and teachers on how to support children at home and school. We also teach guidance lessons focusing on character education.
There are many ways to see the counselor:
- Students can ask to go to the counselor’s room.
- Teachers can ask the counselor to see a student.
- Parents/guardians can ask that their student meet with the counselor.
- Parents may also call or email to make an appointment with their child’s counselor.
Do all students see the counselor?
- Yes! The counselors also invite all children to participate in lunch bunch throughout the school year. During lunch bunch, students eat lunch with a group of friends in the counselor’s office while talking, reading books, or playing games.
- Also, counselors do monthly guidance lessons with all classes. We focus on character education and anti-bullying. Be sure to ask your child we talked about in guidance!
- Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your child. We are here to help.
Our School Psychologist
Melissa Sokol [email protected]
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 Social Worker
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.