Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Shelbie McKay
District Counselor
M.Ed., School Counseling, Lamar University
B.S., Exercise Sports Science, Texas Tech University

Phone: 325.655.2851 - (School Secretary)
Fax: 325.653.0551
shelbie.mckay@veribestisd.net
At Veribest since 2015

Counseling and Guidance Department

Overview
The Veribest School District's Counseling & Guidance Program supports teaching and learning by assuring that all students achieve academic success and develop life skills through the acquisition of academic, career, and personal/social competencies, which will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world.

Our credentialed school counselor provides comprehensive school counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention activities through school-wide assemblies and activities, classroom guidance lessons, intentional guidance groups, individual counseling, and collaboration with outside community resources. Our counselor also assists students in ensuring they meet high school graduation requirements. Our "Crisis Response Team", comprised of internal and external expertise in Intervention Counseling, provides support to students, families and staff in the event of a crisis, emergency or traumatic situation. Our counselor is also responsible for administering violence prevention curriculum and character education programs.

Our school counselor will:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model

  • Ensure that students will receive guidance curriculum in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development.

  • Provide intervention services for students experiencing academic and personal/social barriers to learning.

  • Provide guidance and information to students and families to ensure success in student attendance, behavior, and graduation, and prevention of drug use and violence.

  • Provide resources to ensure that the school counseling center is a family-friendly environment.

  • Ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.

  • Our school counselor holds relative degrees in the areas of Education, Counseling and Guidance, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy.

Programs & Services
The Counseling and Guidance Department provides a number of programs and services in order to help students achieve success anddevelop life skills in three personal competency areas.

Achieving Academic Success From Pre-K to grade 12, our credentialed school counselor will support the school staff and parents in helping our students achieve competencies at each grade level. The following are examples of ways in which our credentialed school counselor contributes to student academic success:

  • Test-taking strategies

  • Study Skills

  • Tutoring programs

  • Small counseling groups

  • 4-year educational plan

  • Understanding Enrollment Options Programs and Services

  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence(EQ) and the barriers to learning

Achieving Career Development Success Our credentialed school counselor utilizes career development lessons and strategies to help students understand the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work. The following are examples of how our credentialed school counselor contributes to career development success:

  • Career awareness and exploration

  • Goal setting

  • Service learning

  • High School Graduation Fact Sheets

  • High School Graduation Guides

  • School to Career

  • Scholarship Guides 

  • Steps to Preparing for College

 

Achieving Personal and Social Success
Our credentialed school counselor works with the staff and community to provide support for students to be safe and healthy. The following are examples of how our credentialed school counselor contributes to personal and social development:

  • Life Skills Education

  • Safe and Drug Free Schools

  • Tobacco Use and Prevention Education

  • Small intentional guidance groups

    • Anger Management/Impulse Control

    • Problem Solving

    • Grief and Loss

    • Social Skills

  • Behavior Intervention

  • Parent Education

  • Violence Prevention Curriculum

  • Character Education

  • Community Collaboration and Referrals

  • Crisis Response Team

Related Resources

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Contact Information
Counseling and Guidance Department
10062 FM Hwy 380, P.O. Box 490
Veribest, Texas 76886
(325) 655-2851 - Phone
(325) 655-3355 - Fax