Howdy....I'm Dona Gavlick, Wolfe City District Counselor! I have worked for the Wolfe City School District for the past several years, and love working with the Wolfe City students! I am blessed to call rural Northeast Texas my home....it is such a great place to live, work, and raise your children! I hold a Texas teaching and counseling credential, and have been working in the field of education for the past 15 years. I received a Masters of Education in Counseling from Texas A&M Commerce in 2009. I am the proud mother of a 6 year old daughter named Sophia....she is the light of my life! I live in Cooper, Texas (although I am a loyal Wolves fan), and attend the Three Rusty Nails Church. My hobbies include: photography, travel, and reading a good book in my free time! I am originally from CA., but have been living in Texas for the past 12 years....I got here as quick as I could!
I offer individual and group counseling, parent education/support, and consultation by drop-in or appointment. I am the District Homeless and Foster Care Liaison, FISH Ministries Backpack Representative, Clothes-4-Kids Coordinator, Rosetta Stone English Instructor, and wear many other hats with my job! I work at the high school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I can be found on the middle school and elementary campuses. If you would like to reach me for questions or concerns regarding your child, I can be reached by phone at: (903) 496-2891 X12 (high school), (903) 496-7333 X19 (middle school/elementary). Follow me on twitter @gavlickd, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a School Counselor? A school counselor is a certified, trained, and caring professional that assists students in acquiring the skills they need to develop their personal, social, and education goals.
What Services Can a School Counselor Provide? I provide many services at school working with students, parents, and teachers. Some of these services include the following:
Classroom Guidance: Preventive education directed at all students in the classroom through monthly character development education, based around the themes of kindness and compassion. Some of the other topics I cover during the school year are: Bucketfilling, Bullying, Online Safety, Career Education, Feelings, Acceptance, Responsibility, Friendship, Tobacco & Drug Prevention, and Making Healthy Choices.
Small Group Counseling: Education and activities directed at small groups of students with similar needs and concerns. Small group counseling gives students the opportunity to share their feelings in a safe and caring environment and helps them to understand that they are not alone. A few of the groups I provide at school are:
Friendship: Students develop skills to enhance their relationships with peers.
Changing Families: Students experiencing separation or loss, learn healthy coping skills to deal with the grieving process (divorce, death, etc.)
Individual Counseling: One-on-one counseling is intended to assist a student individually with a problem or concern. Individual school guidance counseling is always confidential and very effective in dealing with school related and/or minor personal issues. Please keep in mind that school counseling is short-term, lasting 8-10 sessions and meeting once weekly for approximately 30 minutes. If a parent feels that their child requires more in-depth counseling, a referral can be made to outside community agencies and resources.
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