Counseling program


The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.

The importance of Elementary school Counselors-

The elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, elementary school counselors help their students achieve academic success, develop an understanding of career opportunities and develop social/ emotional skills in response to issues they face.

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Counselor's responsibilities


The mission of Carver Elementary School Counseling Program is to contribute positively and successfully to the educational, personal/social, and career development of all students. Our collaborative team of counselors, staff, parents, and community work together to create a supportive, safe, and caring atmosphere to promote high academic achievement. Our goal is to help children develop skills to work to their fullest potential and prepare all students to be lifelong learners.


The Carver Elementary School counseling program envisions that all students become productive community members and successful lifelong learners. All students will be provided with emotional management skills, adaptive social skills, and career and academic planning. The whole child will be developed to equip students to set goals, develop strengths, maintain positive personal and professional relationships, maintain emotion and cognitive habits, respect diversity, and find personal and professional success through their lifespans.

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Comprehensive School counseling Program at Carver Elementary-

Classroom guidance -- I reach 100% of the student population by teaching classroom lessons. At Carver Elementary, we use a research based socio-emotional learning tool called Second Steps. These lessons include:

  • Skills for learning
  • Empathy
  • Emotion Management
  • Problem-Solving

Small Group counseling -- Group counseling is available to students. Group topics can include:

  • Friendships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Academic Skills

Individual counseling -- This may be a one-time session when a scholar is having a particularly difficult day or dealing with an upsetting event. The school counselor may assist in developing coping strategies, teach calming techniques, or act as a soundboard when scholars need a listening ear. Individual counseling sessions may also happen on a regular basis to address specific academic, emotional, or behavioral concerns. If scholars need in-depth counseling or long term therapy, they may be referred to an outside agency or other mental health specialist for more intensive support.

Other components of the school counseling program include supporting teaching and learning, implementing and participating in systems of support, and fostering a positive school culture and climate in which all scholars can thrive.

Counselor's Resources

Resources to help support your child at home:

Specific Links coming soon...

Douglas Young Youth and Family Services

San Diego Unified School District Links:

Report Bullying (remember bullying is a repeated act)

Restorative Practices

School Attendance Review Board


About me

Supriya Parks

My name Supriya Parks, and I will be your child's school counselor this school year! I am very excited to meet all of your little ones and help guide them through this school year. First, I would like to provide you with some background information about myself. I have been a school counselor for 4 years! This is my third year here at San Diego Unified School District. Prior to coming here, I was an elementary school counselor in Indianapolis, IN. I earned my Bachelor's Degree at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. I also have a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son, Neil, husband, traveling around the world, and exploring new things here in San Diego.

For an appointment or to discuss a concern about your scholar, please call me Monday - Friday 7:30am to 3:00pm at 619-344-6600 ext. 2102 or send me an e-mail at [email protected]

I would love to hear what you would like to see at our school! Please click here to complete a short survey about school-wide concerns you would like to see addressed.

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