School Counseling Team
Meet our school counselors, psychologist, and social worker
Bailey's Elementary Student Services Team
School counselors, a school psychologist, a school social worker, and a school counselor form the Student Services team at Bailey's Elementary. These are highly trained and experienced people. Each discipline has unique skills and training. Together, school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors provide a stronger team than any single profession could provide on its own. The students, parents, staff, and school benefit from the student services team.
The Bailey’s mental health team is here to support you and your child’s needs. At Bailey’s we use the MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) model, for meeting the social emotional needs of our students.
Our School Social Worker, Mercedes Tikoyan, and School Psychologist, Silvia Stone, provide counseling support and services for students at Tiers 2 and 3. Tier 3 interventions are intensive, evidence-based instruction maximizing intensity, frequency, and duration. Interventions are progress monitored daily. Examples of Tier 3 interventions include FBA/BIP, suicide prevention, threat assessment, or collaboration and consultation with wrap around services for a child.
In Tier 2 students need additional support beyond core instruction of social emotional learning and academic skills to be successful. Just like a math teacher will implement strategies to support students struggling to understand math concepts, students who struggle with social emotional learning or academic skills benefit from extra support.
Tier 2 can encompass work for a group of students that takes place individually, implementation of a behavior contract, providing Check-in/Check-out, and individual counseling. However all counseling services provided to students by school staff must be to help a student be successful in the school environment. For counseling needs requiring long-term therapy or of a family nature we are happy to provide information about outside counseling service providers.
Our School Counselors, Nicole Wilkins and Sara Crummett, provide counseling lessons to all students and resources for staff to use in their work with the social emotional learning and academic skills for students as part of Tier 1. Schoolwide initiatives also fall into Tier 1 because they provide the structure and expectations for all students. Ms. Wilkins and Ms. Crummett also support students in need of Tier 2 support.
My child is being invited to a counseling group, what does this mean?
Our Mental Health program at Bailey’s Elementary offers small group counseling for our students. Small groups provide not only the opportunity for additional learning experiences, but also a time for sharing and a time of growing together with fellow students. Small groups give the students a chance to belong, a chance to express themselves, and a chance to benefit from the support of group members.
An invitation to a counseling group is not an indication that your child needs therapy, has severe behavior concerns or is in “trouble.” Small group counseling helps students who might need support with friendship skills, academic skills (listening, paying attention, etc.), emotional regulation, working with others, building self-confidence or a variety of other topics.
Group counseling schedules are worked out with the classroom teacher, so that students do not miss instruction. Counseling groups are a fun experience where students might use puppets, Legos, art materials, toys, playdough, board games, or other materials to make the learning fun and for students to feel comfortable. Often during the last few sessions of a counseling group, students’ express feelings of sadness that they will no longer be a part of the group.
If you have questions about why your child is being invited to a counseling group, please feel free to reach out to the mental health professional at our school who is leading the group- this information should be in the notification letter or email you receive prior to a counseling group starting.
Bailey’s Mental Health Team
Nicole Wilkins Sara Crummett Silvia Stone Mercedes Tikoyan
School Counselor School Counselor School Psychologist School Social Worker
FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program.
As elementary school counselors, their primary objective is to assist students in reaching their potential to become effective learners. Their goal is to complement the learning environment in the classroom by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach.
Counseling will be conducted with students individually and in small groups, when requested by parents and teachers and determined appropriate. This service is short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parent notification is given to any extended individual or group counseling. There will also be monthly classroom guidance lessons focusing on student success.
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other caregivers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social-emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.