33 N. Fillmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Fax: 703-875-2868
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Counseling and Guidance


Counseling Services



Brenda Kahan,LCSW

Phone: 703-228-8058
Email: brenda.kahan@apsva.us



Long Branch has a comprehensive guidance program designed to address the needs of our K-5 students. School counseling is proactive and focused on helping students resolve academic, social, personal, or emotional concerns that may interrupt the educational process. The following services are provided by the school counselor:



Individual Counseling:
Assist students to better understand themselves, deal with interpersonal relationships, and resolve problems that might interfere with learning. Crisis intervention is also provided when needed.



Small Group Counseling:
Students with similar concerns or issues meet and gain skills in problem solving, communicating, and interacting with others.



Classroom Guidance:
Designed to reach all students. Classroom sessions help foster respect, responsibility, empathy, and leadership skills. The lessons are preventative, sequential, and cover such topics as:

  • communication skills
  • listening skills
  • decision making, goal setting, and problem solving skills
  • tolerance and respect for individual differences
  • personal safety
  • conflict resolution skills
  • cooperating with others
  • transition to middle school
  • study/organizational skills
  • career awareness













Parent Outreach/Workshops:
The guidance program provides a resource  for parents regarding each child's educational and emotional development. Parent workshops are offered during the school year.  Families are encouraged to contact the counselor regarding any emotional/academic concerns they have about their child.



Home School Connection: Teach Respect by Daily Example


You want your child to show respect for you, his teachers, and people in general—not to mention respect for rules and belongings.  Teaching respect is a big job.  But thankfully, research shows a specific method to use.

     Children learn respect when they are treated with respect.  So make these simple efforts a daily habit:

·        Communicate with respect.  Listen attentively to your child.  Don’t interrupt.  Make sure you understand what he is saying.  Focus on the positive.

·        Practice solving problems calmly.  Use “I statements” (“I feel ignored when you don’t answer me”) instead of hurtful accusations (“You always ignore me.”).

·        Take responsibility.  When you make an agreement with your child, stick to it—and expect him to do the same.  If something goes wrong, the person responsible should make amends and learn from the experience.

·        Care for Belongings.  Cleaning up is a way of showing respect for things around the house.  Talk about this with your child.   What if no one pitched in?  What steps, such as organizing toys, could make the job easier?

·        Be encouraging.  Support your child’s interests and strengths.  Talk about values, including those your family has passed down for generations.  What does your child value?  How can he show this?  Strong character should be a source of pride.


Source: “What Does ‘Strong Character’ Mean? II,” U.S. Department of Education, www.ed.gov/parents/academic










Last Modified on October 14, 2013