School Counseling

My name is Audra Goodlock and I am the school counselor for grades 3 through 8. I am a Stockbridge native, and I graduated from Stockbridge Community Schools in 2013. I received my bachelor's degree from Spring Arbor University in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and I received my master's degree from Western Michigan University in School Counseling.  I am a licensed school counselor, limited licensed professional counselor, and a nationally certified counselor.

As a counselor for both the Junior High and Heritage, my time is divided between the two buildings. I am at the Junior High School from 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM, and I am at Heritage from 12:30 PM to 3:45 PM.  

My counseling techniques are guided by person-centered and solution-focused theories. I believe that students have the ability to develop new skills and problem-solve. My goal is to provide students with a safe space to share their stories, and I hope to provide them with the support/guidance needed to overcome their struggles. Together, the student and I will form realistic, attainable goals; accordingly, we will develop action steps to incrementally work toward those goals.  

I provide short-term counseling for individual students and small groups. I also provide classroom guidance lessons surrounding social-emotional learning. For students who need long-term, more intensive support, I assist families in the referral process for securing outside counseling. My role as a school counselor consists of the following:

  • Providing a safe place for students to talk
  • Leading individual and small group counseling sessions
  • Teaching research-based social-emotional curriculum
  • Promoting equity & access
  • Advocating for student needs
  • Assisting with conflict resolution
  • Collaborating with families and community members
  • Supporting academic achievement
  • Guiding future planning
  • Referring for additional services

Topics discussed during individual and group sessions include (but are not limited to) academic progress, healthy coping skills, time management, conflict resolution, stress/anxiety, depression, lifestyle choices, social/family dynamics, identity development, grief/loss, and goal setting.

Please understand that what a student shares with me remains confidential unless any of the following criteria are presented:

  • A student reports they want to hurt themselves
  • A student reports they’re being hurt by others
  • A student reports they want to hurt someone else
  • Student gives me permission to share

Confidentiality in groups cannot be guaranteed; however, the counselor will encourage all members to refrain from sharing what others have said. 

One limitation of school counseling is that it does not provide sufficient time for intensive or long-term mental health counseling. This means that if your child requires mental health services beyond the scope of what I can service, you will need to seek outside counseling. I would be happy to connect you with community providers who can better assist your student. 

Per the American School Counselor Association’s Ethical Standards, I do not provide a clinical diagnosis. Because diagnosis may be helpful in understanding a student and their current problem, I may refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-5) to obtain more knowledge of an established diagnosis given to a student by another Mental Health Professional. I will remain acutely aware of how a student’s diagnosis can potentially affect their academic success. 

Referrals

I accept referrals from students, guardians, teachers, and administrators for counseling services. Referrals can be submitted using the Stockbridge Community Schools Counseling Referral Form.  Individual sessions last approximately 30 minutes or less. Small group sessions last approximately 45 minutes or less. Classroom guidance sessions may last up to 60 minutes.

Participating in my services is entirely voluntary. There is no fee associated with any school counseling services; therefore, no insurance is necessary to receive any services from a school counselor. All of my services are provided in a manner consistent with the American School Counselors Association Ethical Standards. I am committed to providing culturally sensitive services without bias for any racial/ethnic membership, gender, sexual identity, social class, religious affiliation, nationality, and/or disability status.

My goal is to continually improve our counseling program to best meet the individual needs of our students. If you have any suggestions or questions regarding my role or the services I provide, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

What should a PARENT or GUARDIAN expect from middle school?

Your child will have more homework.

Each class and each teacher will be different and could have different classroom policies and expectations regarding late work, assignments, behavior, etc.

Your child will have teachers and students they like and those they do not like. This is a good time to work on strategies for what they can do in situations where they have to work or share a space with people they really like and with those they don’t.

Your child will struggle with organization and time management and will need help to learn how to improve those skills.

Your child will fail an assignment and that’s OK. Sometimes failure teaches better than success and it’s OK to let them fail, it doesn’t make you a bad parent or guardian.

PowerSchool is a wonderful resource for checking your child’s grades, but middle school assignments are more challenging and that also means it may take a little more time for teachers to enter assignments after students turn them in.

Your child will be expected to communicate with their teachers about any upcoming absences from school so they can get their work ahead of time.

Ideally your child will be expected to talk with teachers about classwork before a parent or guardian contacts a teacher. This is a skill they are developing during middle school, we do not expect them to have mastered it, but it’s a good one for you to encourage.

Your child may gain and/or lose friends. As your child grows and changes, so will their friends.

Social media will be a huge part of their life and will be very hard to regulate. SnapChat and Instagram are two of the biggest. This is where most bullying occurs and rumors spread. Please keep this in mind.

The teachers, principal, school counselor, and other staff are very willing to help and want to create a safe environment for every child.

What should my CHILD expect from middle school?

More homework and more independence.

They will need to work on their time management and organization skills.

They can expect each teacher and class to be different from each other.

More responsibility: Getting to class on time, keeping track of assignments, talking with teachers about any issues, etc.

How should my child address an issue in the classroom with a teacher?

When a student has an issue with how a teacher addressed a situation, I always advise students to…

  1. Do as the teacher asks at the time (sit down, move seats, stop talking, etc.), even if the student disagrees or felt they weren’t doing anything wrong. This will prevent the situation from escalating and from a student getting in trouble for not following directions or for insubordination and allows the teacher to manage the classroom.
  2. Ask to speak with the teacher when the teacher is free (if they are busy the whole hour ask when a good time to speak with them would be) - after class, during passing time, after school, etc. This gives students and teachers both a chance to process and calm down.
  3. Talk with the teacher. Avoid using statements like, “You did this…” or “You let so and so…” Try to use “I feel” statements like, “I felt like...when this happened.” This way the teacher can listen without distraction or interruption to how the student felt and perceived the situation.

How can I help my child with homework and organization?

Please make sure you are signed up for PowerSchool and check it regularly for your child’s grades and assignments. This is a great resource to stay on top of your child's grades and homework completion. Please keep in mind that it does take time for teachers to enter grades into PowerSchool. We also have Learning Lab after school from 2:30-3:30 everyday in the Media Center. Lastly, don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns.

At the beginning of the year, buy your child a planner so they can write down assignments for each class everyday. Check their planner at home, daily at first, then less and less as your child gets used to the routine. This is extremely helpful, especially for 6-8th grade students who have more assignments and are learning how to become more independent and organized. You can also have them use Google Calendar instead of a physical planner. The goal is to find what works for them, so long as your child as some system in place where they record upcoming assignments and due dates.

The first week of school, help your child get a binder or folder for each class to help them stay organized. Every few weeks, go through your child’s backpack with them (you can set a calendar reminder in your phone). Separate and keep old assignments until the end of the quarter just in case a grade is entered wrong or your child needs it for review.

What can I do to help my 6th grader (going into 7th) get ready for the junior high school?

At the beginning of 6th grade, have your child start using a planner (it can be electronic like Google Calendar or an actual planner) to record their assignments for each class. Check it daily, then less and less as the year goes on. This will give them practice in how to keep track of homework, projects, tests, and assignments on their own. This will help tremendously with the transition to junior high as the amount of homework will increase and it can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard to keep track of for middle school students. You can also go through their backpack or locker with them every few weeks to make sure they are able to keep up with the organization (try setting a reminder in your phone).

Walk through the junior high with your child to familiarize them with their locker, their classrooms, and how to get to the cafeteria, library, and the gym. Practice running through their daily schedule and find the nearest bathroom locations to their classrooms so they know where they are. Have them practice it on their own or until they feel comfortable.

Find ways for your child to get involved at school - clubs and sporting opportunities are available throughout the year as well as joining band or choir. Students can also talk to Ms. Kunzelman about starting new clubs if they are interested and can find a faculty member to act as an advisor.

If you know of any academic struggles or needs your child has, feel free to contact their teachers at the start of the year to let them know so they can better support your child.

What should I do if my middle school student has a low score on an assignment or lower than average grade in a class?

First, check PowerSchool with you child and ask them about specific assignments and why things are missing/late or received a low score.

Second, ask your child to speak with their teacher at the beginning or end of class or before or after school, about their missing/late or low scoring assignments and check with the teacher to confirm that your child spoke with them. I would always recommend meeting with a teacher in person, unless email is more appropriate for the situation.

Third, have your child complete any missing, late, or incomplete assignments and turn them in ASAP. Please recognize that there may be assignments teachers can no longer accept and unlike elementary school, each classroom teacher may have different policies regarding late assignments.

I always always always recommend having a student contact the teacher first, as most issues with grades will be solved more quickly and easily this way. It also gives them practice for real life situations they may face at a job - in those cases they would also need to start by talking with their immediate supervisor before proceeding to talk with anyone else.

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Lifeways Community Mental Health - Jackson County

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Ele's Place
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Contact

Audra Goodlock
Counselor

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