Katie McCain, School Counselor
Hi! My name is Katie McCain and I am the school counselor at Meridian Park.
I am so excited to continue working with the great team here and continue the important work of supporting students in their social, emotional, and academic growth! I am passionate about supporting students and families, so please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime. I also lead our school wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program, which is a leadership committee designed to integrate preventative and positive practices throughout the school and with all students, and this work links in well with my work as a counselor.
What do School Counselors do?
Individual counseling – students can be referred by their parent/guardian, teacher, principal, or through self-referral. Students often talk with me about things that impact their learning at school such as friendships, changes at home, problem solving, emotional regulation, and self-esteem. Typically, meetings with students are brief and school based in nature, meaning that they don’t miss out on too much instructional time, and the goal is always to be in class and with peers as much as possible. If the topic or time needed goes beyond this, I will be sure to reach out to partner with parents/guardians for the best way to support students.
Small group counseling – students may also be referred by their parent/guardian, teacher, principal, or through self-referral. Small groups consist of a few select students who share a common need or experience. Some common topics may include: emotional regulation, stress/anxiety, changing families, and conflict resolution. I will always send home a permission slip explaining the group topic, what will be covered, and the goals of the group. Parents/guardians have the option of allowing their child to participate or decline.
Classroom Guidance – can be a needs based and responsive support to teachers and also a preventative/proactive support. These consist of larger social skills lessons in the classroom to all students. Topics might include Second Step, acceptance/empathy, respect, responsibility, safety and positive school climate.
My goal is to support your student’s success throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me anytime!
Katie McCain, M.Ed.