School Counseling

A comprehensive counseling program is an important part of every school in Buncombe County Schools. School Counselors work closely with administrators, teachers, parents and community agencies in order to insure that every child experiences academic development, career development and personal/social development. A school counselor must have a Master's degree or PhD. in School Counseling and be certified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. School Counselors abide by strict ethical and legal standards to ensure that each child served receives the most appropriate services available. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs, 2nd edition (ASCA,2005), serves as the guide for the school counseling program at Glen Arden.

Your School Counselor is Courtney Fesiuk ( Mrs. Fesiuk offers many different services. Here is a brief description of some of the counseling services offered at Glen Arden:

Classroom Counseling Presentations

The school counselor teaches classroom lessons in each class (K-4) on a regular basis. Topics discussed in the classroom presentations include exploring peer relationships and effective social skills, developing awareness of diversity and tolerance, exploring problem-solving and decision-making, understanding conflict resolution strategies, investigating careers and the world of work, and identifying learning styles, study skills, time management and test taking strategies. Students are taught strategies that they can use to "Bully-Proof" their school.

Individual Counseling Sessions

Students are faced with many stressors in their lives that can affect academic success. Counseling in a confidential setting is available to students who want to discuss a variety of issues.

A teacher or parent can refer a student for counseling or the student may request an appointment with the counselor.

Group Counseling

Group counseling allows students to share concerns, ideas and strategies with other students who are experiencing similar challenges. Children who participate in a group setting come to understand that they are not alone in their difficulties and can learn positive skills in dealing with life issues.