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Counseling Center

Andrea Sline

Ensign Elementary School Counselor


I am available to set appointments, if needed.

(801)578.8150 ex 1230

Comprehensive School Counseling Program:

The primary purpose of a comprehensive school counseling program is to support the academic, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing of all students at Ensign Elementary. In order to meet the diverse and various needs of the students, a variety of methods and strategies are utilized each day, including:


  • Whole class instruction of social, emotional and behavioral skills each week. Lesson topics may include but are not limited to: empathy, conflict resolution, friendship building skills, etc.
  • Collaborate with teachers to meet individual student needs (academic, social, or even physical needs)
  • Collaborate with parents to address student, family, or school concerns
  • Meet with students in small groups (2-5 kids) to build specific skills for academic and social success, including, but not limited to: friendships, learning skills, emotional regulation, community building, etc.
  • Monitor friendships and peer interactions through class, recess and lunch observations and interactions to identify possible student needs before specific problems arise
  • Meet with students individually to check in, work on developing tools and skills for success, and ensure students have a safe, caring space at school to go to whenever needed


Counseling Lessons:

Counseling lessons begin with the needs of the students. By using the Utah School Counseling Association standards and information/data provided by classroom teachers; lessons are designed and taught each week to each class. Counseling lessons focus on Ensign Elementary's performance results, district social-emotional learning (SEL) standards, and needs assessment data. Second Step and Move This World are two social emotional learning curriculums that are also utilized when designing and implementing class-wide lessons.


Example Counseling Topics:

  • Bullying
    • Treating each other with respect and kindness
    • Self-advocacy
    • Recognizing the difference between bullying behavior and mean behavior
    • How to respond to bullying (as a victim or bystander)
    • More severe types of bullying, such as harassment, prejudice, etc.
  • Empathy and Emotions
    • Verbal vs. Non-verbal communication
    • Empathy Skills
    • Identify and understand different emotions
    • Perspective-Taking Skills
  • Boundary Setting
    • Understanding types of boundaries 
    • Setting boundaries for healthy relationships
    • Identifying and respecting others’ boundaries
  • Conflict Resolution
    • Identify types of conflict
    • Understand that conflict is natural in relationships
    • Learn and practice different strategies to solve conflict
    • Utilize I-statements to communicate effectively
  • Self-Esteem
    • Building one’s own self-esteem
    • Building others’ self-esteem
    • Self-esteem vs. self-worth vs. self-respect
  • Diversity
    • Prejudice, stereotypes, and bias
    • Acceptance of differences
    • Embracing uniqueness and diversity 
  • Communication (Current and upcoming)
    • Younger students—Good conversation skills, manners, etc.
    • Verbal vs. nonverbal communication
    • Older students—Electronic Communication
    • Intended message vs. Interpreted message


If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss additional social, emotional, or behavior support for your child, please feel free to call or email me for an appointment. Collaboration and communication between families, faculty, staff, and students are essential in order to develop each student as a whole child, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all in the near future. 


 Thank you for all you do to support our kids.

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