33 N. Fillmore Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Fax: 703-875-2868
Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Counseling Services
Long Branch has a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Model designed to address the needs of our students K-5. School counseling is proactive and focused on helping remove barriers to academic success by resolving any academic, social, personal, or emotional concerns that may come up throughout the school year. The following services are provided by the school counselors:
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 ("Lunch Bunches")
Students with similar concerns meet and gain skills in problem solving, communicating, and interacting with others.
Classroom Lessons
Designed to reach students in grades K-5. Classroom lessons help foster respect, responsibility, empathy, and leadership skills. The lessons cover topics such as:
  • Communication skills and cooperating with others
  • Listening skills 
  • Decision making and goal setting
  • Tolerance and respect for individual differences
  • Personal safety
  • Conflict and problem solving skills
  • Transition to Middle School (5th grade)
  • Study and organizational skills
  • College and career awareness

Lessons are given on a biweekly basis for grades K, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th with Ms. Martin and a weekly basis for 1st with Ms. Fitzgerald, with each lesson lasting about 20-30 minutes. The lessons are interactive, creative, evidence-based, and often use books, videos, and projects to teach students how to be successful. 

The School Counselor and Student Mental Health
School counselors recognize and respond to the need for mental health and behavioral prevention, early intervention and crisis services that promote psychosocial wellness and development for all students. School counselors are prepared to address barriers and to assess ways to maximize students’ success in schools, communities and their family structure by offering education, prevention, and crisis and short-term intervention until the student is connected with available community resources. (ASCA 2015)

Last Modified on May 2, 2016