At the elementary level, school counselors work with students in the classroom, in small groups and individually. Additionally, the school counselor works with families and to provide resources and support.
Classroom guidance lessons are offered once every 10 days for grades K-6. The current curriculum, RethinkEd is utilized, as well as hands-on, creative activities that support the standards set by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Topics encourage the development of each student’s personal/social, academic and career skills and abilities. Lessons include such topics as: Study habits and test taking strategies, goal setting, character traits, career development and healthy decision-making, handling stress and other emotions, dealing with peer pressure and getting along with others.
Small groups are assembled based on the needs expressed to the counselor by teachers, parents and students. Examples of small group session topics: anxiety, divorce, friendship, anger management, study skills and family changes.
Parents, teachers and even students themselves can request a one-on-one time with the counselor. Examples of reasons for a one-on-one with a student: to create a plan for academic success, problem solve, help with friends, identify strengths/explore interests, transitions, work on behavior concerns, learn to cope with emotions, deal with life and family changes.
The listed agencies should not be considered as endorsements of Omaha Public Schools. Some agencies charge a fee. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the family to assume any financial obligations.
Charles Drew Health Center (402) 457-1200
Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders (800) 833-3100
Health and Human Services (402) 595-2850
OMNI Health Eating Disorders (402) 333-0898
One World Community Health Center (402) 734-4110
AA Information (402) 556-1880
Al-Anon/Alateen (402) 553-5033
Family Service (402) 553-3000
NOVA Treatment Community (402) 455-8303
All Our Kids, Inc (402) 390-3000
Big Brothers/Sisters of Midlands (402) 330-2449
Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha (402) 342-1600
Campfire Council of the Midlands (402) 397-5809
Edmonson Youth Development (402) 455-1285
Girls Inc. (402) 457-4676
HOPE Center for Kids (402) 341-4673
Ruth Solomon Girls Center (402) 457-7763
TeamMates (402) 557-2737
United Methodist Community Center (402) 451-2228
YMCA (402) 341-1600
Boys Town Hotline (800) 448-3000
Child Saving Institute (402) 553-6000
Children’s Behavioral Health (402) 955-3900
Community Counselors (402) 354-8005
Heartland Family Services (402) 553-3000
Lutheran Family Services (402) 342-7038
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
Psychiatric Immediate Care Clinic (402) 717-4673
Region & Behavioral Healthcare (402) 444-6573
Ted E. Bear Hollow (Grief) (402) 502-2773
Greater Omaha Attendance & Learning Center (402) 557-2594