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Crabapple Middle School Counseling Department offers students a comprehensive range of services. These services are based on the developmental needs of students and address the intellectual, social, physical and emotional aspects of pre-adolescence and adolescence. Emphasizing life skills, students learn more about themselves, the world around them and the power of choices and consequences. In order to accomplish this goal, the Counseling Department focuses on the following: Academic Achievement, Career Awareness and Exploration and Personal and Social Development.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - Counselors assist students to become independent learners. Academic responsibility is taught, encouraged and reinforced in a partnership between school and home. Aptitudes, interests and learning styles that relate to academic achievement are strengthened through this collaborative effort.
CAREER AWARENESS AND EXPLORATION - Counselors help students choose courses and activities to explore career opportunities. These experiences are designed to reflect the diversity of student backgrounds and promote positive life choices.
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - Counselors encourage individual growth and a broader understanding of relationships with others. Students develop skills and knowledge to be lifelong learners, establish personal goals and become productive members of society.
Social Skills and Effective Communication
Social skills and communicating effectively help us interact positively with others, relate to peers and build better relationships – regardless of our age. It is important for adolescents to realize that the words they use, their tone of voice and their attitude are all important and shape how people perceive us and engage with us.
Maintaining an assertive communication style is one that is healthy and balanced. Adolescents who communicate in this way communicate clearly and concisely while being respectful to others (and themselves). For example, adolescents who advocate for themselves assertively in disagreements with peers, or even adults, are able to listen closely to what the other person is saying while sending the message that they are trying to understand the other person’s perspective. They also are able to get their point across without being rude or aggressive.
How does one communicate assertively?
1) Describe the situation.
2) State your opinion and emotions.
3) Clearly state what you want.
4) Compromise – when needed.
If ever needed, text CMSHuskies to 1-844-201-9946. A licensed counselor will respond within five minutes. It is safe, anonymous and always available. Please see below.