Counselor's Corner

Thank you for visiting the counselor page for Bierbaum Elementary. This site will be used to provide information and resources to the families of Bierbaum. Please check often as we will be updating information regularly. Remember if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's counselor.

What does your school counselor do?

Bierbaum Elementary School is fortunate enough to have two counselors that work very hard for the students of Bierbaum. However, we get asked all the time what a counselor at an elementary school does. With that in mind, we created a document that was passed out at Back to School night, but if you were not able to attend please read below to know how the counselors can help you and your child!

Overview of the School Counseling Program
  • The School Counseling Program is comprehensive in nature, striving to provide education for ALL students in three areas: academic, personal/social, and career.
  • The School Counseling Program is proactive and preventative – helping students develop critical skills to achieve academic, social, and behavioral success.
  • The School Counseling Program provides classroom lessons, student planning, response services, and system support.
Classroom Lessons
  • On a regular basis, your School Counselors provide education to ALL students in the classroom setting. This provides consistent learning, language, and skill development. It allows me to get to know all students in our grade levels.
  • Lessons often cover these topics: emotions, coping skills, communication skills, friendships, conflict resolution, teamwork, diversity, tolerance, problem-solving, self-esteem, respect, responsibility, personal safety, healthy choices, strengths, career interests, and community building.
Student Planning
  • Your School Counselors work with students to evaluate students’ abilities, interests, skills, and achievement. We do this by coordinating standardized testing, helping to develop 504 accommodation plans and behavioral plans, and observing the outcomes of such plans.
Response Services
  • Consultation: As your School Counselors, we consult with teachers, administrators, support staff, special education staff, school psychologists, social workers, parents/guardians, community agencies, and medical professionals regarding strategies to help students and families. We serve as a student advocate in all consultation situations.
  • Individual and Small Group Counseling: Your School Counselors provide counseling for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, and developmental tasks.
    • Counseling is intended to be short-term to help students identify problems, causes, coping skills, and develop goals to take appropriate action.
    • We do NOT provide clinical counseling services.
  • Crisis Counseling: Your School Counselors provide prevention, intervention, and follow-up.
    • We provide counseling to students and families facing emergency situations.
  • Referral: As your School Counselors, we use referral sources to deal with suicidal ideation, violence, abuse, mental health issues, and family difficulties.
    • Referral sources can be to mental health agencies, social and community services.
System Support
  • Professional Development: As your School Counselor, we are involved in updating and sharing my professional knowledge and skills through in-service training and staff meetings.
  • Collaboration on Teams: We are a contributing member to many groups and teams, such as:
    • SMART team and student support teams
    • IEP and 504 teams
    • Whole school initiatives like RTI and PBIS
    • Crisis Management
  • Program Management: We collect and analyze data to evaluate and improve the School Counseling Program. This includes planning and management tasks needed to support activities conducted by the program, such as:
      • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiatives
      • CAPP’s (Child Abuse Prevention Program) Safe Touch/Safe Surf Program through Jewish Family and Children’s Services
      • NCADA’s (National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) Anti-Bullying Program
      • Committee for Children’s Second Step-Anti-Violence Curriculum
  • As your School Counselor, we develop confidential relationships with students. This means that information gathered through meetings with students and parents/guardians will be shared on a “need-to-know” basis only.
  • We work to maintain the privacy of students and their families. When information needs to be shared, we will assess who needs to know and what information needs to be known to best help students and their families.
Referral for Counseling Services
  • As your School Counselors, we prioritize the needs of students based on referrals from:
    • Teachers, administrators, support staff
    • Parents/Guardians
    • Students (self-referral)
  • If you would like to refer a child to the school counselors, please email your child’s counselor and explain the reasons for that referral.

The School Counseling Program is aligned to the standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

These links will direct you to articles written on St. Louis Post Dispatch and Suburban Journal website. The articles cover a variety of topics and provide great information!
Bully-Proof Your Child
Another article by Dennis O'Brien about helping your child cope with bullying.
Divorced Parents Must Cooperate For Their Children's Sake
Divorce is a stressful time for all involved. This article offers insight to help your child with this. By Dennis O"Brien
Help For Parents Transforms Children
This article is written by Dennise O'Brien a social worker, educator, and therapist. He writes a column for the Suburban Journal to offer advise for parents.
Teaching Your Child to Spot Friends Amoung 'Frenemies'
This article is written by Aisha Sultan, a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It tells parents how to teach their children to find true friends.
Lutheran Family and Children's Service
Bierbaum is fortunate enough to have a school-based counselor who works with the student's of Bierbaum 5 days a week. If you are interested in this service, please contact your child's counselor.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
This link is for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. It can provide helpful information about your child's education.
St. Louis County Children's Service Fund-Keeping Kids First
In November 2008, St. Louis County passed a tax that supports our children with mental health and substance abuse services. This link will show you all the agencies that are supported by this fund! Contact your counselors for more information
The Mehlville School District strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity and other characteristics protected by law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: contact Adam Smith at 314-467-5006 or [email protected].