Individual Counseling @ LCCS
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     At Learning Community Charter School, we provide every student with the opportunity to partake in individual counseling services to focus on 4 domains: Academic, Career/College, Personal/Social & Behavioral.

     School Based Counseling services are provided by the Certified School Counselor, Ms. Shanelle Muse, who is employed by the Learning Community Charter School. Certified School Counselors are credentialed by the State of New Jersey and possess a Master’s degree in Counseling or related field.

     Counseling services provided by Ms. Shanelle Muse are short term and are not intended to replace the services offered by external Licensed Clinical Counselors. However, these services are designed to assist the student in removing the barriers that are interfering with their learning. The topics may include academics, personal issues, social skills, or other relevant topics. The format may take the form of either six, 30-minute, small group or individual sessions.

     In addition to meeting with the student, Ms. Shanelle Muse may use clinical assessments to assist in the development of counseling plans or interventions that may be used to benefit the student in or out of the classroom. These assessments are not used to form a diagnostic conclusion nor will they be used as a determining factor of a diagnosis. The information gained from these assessments will be shared with parents and the student’s teacher, if deemed necessary and permissions are provided, in an effort to best support the student’s need(s).


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CONFIDENTIALITY As a school counselor, I believe in affirming every students' worth and dignity. A student who has a counseling relationship with me has the right to privacy and the promise of confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality exist, and students are informed that situations arise in which I must inform others of information obtained in counseling relationships in order to protect the students themselves or others. Privileged communication between a student and I is a legal term granting privilege to a counseling relationship only if said “privilege” is granted by federal or state statue. If “privilege” applies it can provide additional safeguards to confidential information.

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SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF COUNSELING Solution–focused brief counseling (SFBC) is a postmodern therapeutic system which focuses on helping students create solutions in a straight-forward manner within a limited amount of time. It is based on the assumptions that students have the necessary strengths and resources to change and that counseling is most effective when focusing on constructing solutions unique to each student. Solution-focused brief counseling differs from other modes of counseling in that it shifts the focus from problem solving to creating present and future solutions. The primary aim is to help students who are experiencing difficulty in one of the four domains listed above, to find rolls they can use immediately to manage symptoms and cope with challenges, in order to build resiliency, reach self-efficacy and gain empowerment.  

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BIBLIOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING Bibliotherapy is the process of using books to help children think about, understand, and work through social and emotional concerns. Reading with children can be therapeutic.... Adults can use reading to help children come to grips with issues that create emotional turmoil for them. Reading can also be...very effective in preventing and resolving behavior problems. I utilize this technique often times to assist students in dealing with:

  • alcoholism and drug abuse
  • bullying
  • death and dying
  • disabilities and handicaps
  • divorce, separation and step-families
  • anger management
  • lying/attitude/emotional regulation & SO MUCH MORE!

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PLAY THERAPY TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING Play therapy techniques are structured and theoretically based to help students build on the normal communicative and learning processes. The curative powers inherent in play are used in many ways. I strategically utilize play therapy to help students express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. We use the toys as the student's words and we use play as the student's language. Through play, my hope is that it may help students learn more adaptive behaviors when there are emotional or social skills deficits.


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IMPACT THERAPY TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING Impact Therapy techniques get students thinking for themselves thus promoting confidence and independence. An emphasis is placed on students moving through their issues rather than “wallowing” in them. I also use creative, multi-sensory techniques, which tends to speed up the counseling process. This type of counseling allows me to show respect for the way students learn, change and develop. There is a real effort on making counseling clear, concrete and thought-provoking, rather than vague, abstract, and emotional. It is really a multi-sensory approach which recognizes that change or impact comes from not only verbal, but also visual and kinesthetic exchanges. 

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