Mission and Vision
The Mission of the Lilburn Middle School Guidance and Counseling Department is to empower a community of diverse learners to overcome barriers to student achievement by providing developmentally appropriate academic, career, and personal/social services.
The Vision of the Guidance and Counseling Program is to become a model program of excellence in the successful delivery of a comprehensive school guidance and counseling services to a diverse community of learners.
Meet the Counselors
What We Do
Lilburn Middle School Counselors provide a variety of counseling services and school-wide programs to create a successful middle school experience for our students.
- Individual Counseling: We are here to address student issues, concerns or problems and to help identify solutions. Students have the option to either complete a counselor note to see us or simply tell their teacher they would like to speak with us. Please feel free to contact us at any point if feel your child is experiencing issues which impact their ability to be successful in school.
- Small Group Counseling: Peer relations are very important to middle school students and we want to provide your child with positive peer support to cope with their life challenges. We offer our groups on an as-needed basis on the following topics: social skills, anger management, student success, and attendance support.
- Classroom Guidance: Study Skills, Personal/Social Development, and Career Exploration
- Behavioral Support Services (on an as needed basis)
- Attendance Monitoring and Recognition
- Advisement Fridays
- PBIS and PRIDE
- Peer Leadership Program
- GCPS Community Mentors
- School-wide PBIS/Advisement Program
- CARE Team
- Academic Awards and Honors Assembly
- Career Day/Week Activities and 8th Grade Career Connections Fair
- Rising 6th Grade Articulation
- Rising 9th Grade Articulation
- Holiday Help Week
- Mustang of the Month/Most Improved Mustang of the Month
- KidsNet Mental Health Services
- CETPA Counseling and Community Services
- Viewpoint Health Mental Health Services
- GCPS Boys Mentoring
- GUIDE, Inc.
- F.L.A.S.H. Prevention Support Program
When should you contact the school counselor?
- When your student is having difficulty academically.
- When family changes interfere with academic progress.
- When you want to become more involved in your student’s educational and career choices.
- When you wish to arrange a meeting with both a teacher and counselor.
- When you need assistance interpreting standardized test results and school records to track progress.
- When you would like to discover available community resources.
- When your child is experiencing a social or personal issue that is negatively impacting his or her academic performance
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child be in trouble if he/she visits the school counselor?
No. School Counselors are not disciplinarians! Our role is different from an administrative role and does not include issuing citations, referrals or any other discipline consequence. Our primary role is to assist in removing barriers that may exist that keeps the student from being successful in the academic environment.
Will others know that my child is being seen by the counselor?
School counselors take every precaution to protect the confidentiality of each child that we work with. When it comes to their children meeting with a school counselor, some parents are reluctant to support such a decision. They may fear the child will share “family secrets,” which will then be spread throughout the school. Or that all the teachers in the faculty lounge will learn of their child’s specific problems and hold it against the student. A student’s right to privacy and confidentiality is the basis for an effective counseling relationship. Confidentiality ensures that school counselors won’t share students’ disclosures with others except when the student authorizes it or when there is a clear and present danger to the student and/or to other persons.
If the counselor sees my child, is this on the student's permanant record?
No information shared with the counselor is included in the permanant record. Again, information is only shared with others when there is a clear and present danger to the student or other persons.
If my child sees the school counselor, will I be contacted?
Many times parents intiate the referral process and may speak to the counselor before counseling sessions take place with the students. However, parents are not called every time a counselor meets with a child. And, should parents be called in to meet with the school counselor as well, in a collaborative effort to help the student, parents must also realize that confidentiality is the hallmark of a school counselors’ work. When students enter into a counseling relationship with their school counselor, the school counselor will educate the student about the purposes, goals, techniques and rules of procedure under which they may receive counseling.
As counseling with a student progresses, it may become beneficial or necessary for the school counselor to consult and collaborate with parents. Either the parent or the professional school counselor may initiate the collaboration process. It’s the school counselor’s responsibility to reach an agreement with the student about what information to share with the parents. Unless, of course, there is a clear and imminent danger to the student or others.
While respecting the rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians for their children, the school counselor works to establish a mutual relationship with parents/guardians to maximize a student’s development. In addition, school counselors respect students’ values and beliefs without imposing their own personal values on the situation. School counselors also adhere to laws, local guidelines and ethical standards of practice when assisting parents/guardians experiencing family difficulties interfering with a student’s effectiveness and welfare.
What are the limitations to confidentiality that parents should know about?
The limitations of confidentiality don’t include information of possible abuse or harm to a child. By law, school counselor must report any case of abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
Can the school counselor provide therapy?
While school counselors have specific training in regards to mental health issues, they are not intended to function as therapists. The role of school counselors is to assist students with academic issues that may interfere with their academic success. School counselors are equipped to serve as liasons with outside agencies and can consult with families about the steps to take to link to outside therapeutic services.
Will my child miss academic time when they see the school counselor?
While the school counselor makes every effort to protect academic time, it may occur that a student briefly misses academic time to meet with the counselor. School counselors do their very best to prevent the counseling session from being a burden on the student academically.
Will the school counselor testify on behalf of a parent in a custody dispute?
While school counselors work with these families in an equal manner, preference cannot be shown to one parent over the other. The school counselor's primary role is to assist the student which lends itself to remaining neutral in custody disputes.