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     Welcome to the School Counseling Website! 
     You can reach me by: 
    phone: 908-996-2941 x411
    email: shutka@kingwoodschool.org
    *Please note that I am only at KTS on Monday, Wednesday and Friday*
     
    Click the links below for helpful information: 
     
      

    Kingwood School Counseling program has individual, small group, classroom and whole-school components.

    Short- term Individual Counseling: Referrals to counseling can be made by parents, teachers or students themselves (middle school).  You can expect a call from me to discuss the student's needs.  My primary counseling techniques include Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused techniques.  Referrals to outside agencies will be made as necessary.  

    Small Groups: Referrals to small group “lunch bunches” can be made by parents, teachers or students themselves.  Lunch bunch groups focus on relationship building.  They often consist of focusing on a social skill while playing games or sharing stories.  


    Classroom:  The School Counselor visits every classroom about 8 times throughout the school year.  During classroom lessons, we focus on Character Education.  The Second Step program is utilized to ensure students receive a research-based foundation that assists them achieve social and academic successes.  Families are encouraged to visit the Second Step website to view lessons.  Families are also encouraged to complete the “HomeLink” activities with their child.  Students can redeem completed and signed HomeLinks for prizes.  Below are  the access codes for each grade level.  The website is www.secondstep.org

    Grade K: SSPK FAMI LY70

    Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72

    Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73



    School-Wide programming: The counselor coordinates various school-wide projects such as Week of Respect (October), Red Ribbon Week (October) and Random Acts of Kindness Week (February). Be on the look-out for letters and communications regarding these weeks as they approach.  They often include assemblies and contests.


    Friends of Rachel (Formerly Peer Leaders): In the Fall of 2016 our school began Rachel’s Challenge.  


    Elementary students were challenged to the following:

    5 Challenges

    Middle School students were challenged to do the following:

    MS Challenges

    After the assemblies, the FOR group was trained by the assembly presenter and began helping others in our school.  

    -If your child is interested in becoming a part of FOR, have them see me for an application!


    School-Based Youth Services (SBYS) Referrals: A referral may be made to this grant-funded in-school counseling service if the needs of the student can be better met by meeting with a counselor on a regular basis for an extended period of time.  SBYS sends counselors from Hunterdon Behavioral Health to schools across the county free-of-charge.  Consent for Service and Release of Information forms will need to be completed by parents/guardians for the counselor to meet with your student.