School Counseling Program
Counseling Programs for Genesee Hill Students and Families
- Monthly Classroom Lessons- Scope and Sequence below
- Group Counseling– Friendship Building Lunch Bunch, Worry groups, Social Skills groups
- Check in support– Students fill out forms to meet with the counselor for 1-1 problem solving and support
- Individual- Strengths-based solution focused school counseling sessions (6-8 sessions, waitlist)
- Restorative Peer Mediation– Support respectful communication and problem solving among peer groups
- Consultations- Support to staff, families, and community members on a variety of student issues and concerns. Social Emotional Learning night coming soon…
Scope and Sequence of 1-5 Classroom Lessons and K Mini Groups
The curriculum used in school counseling lessons are based off of the American School Counselor Association´s (ASCA) Mindset and Behaviors for Student Success and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Framework. The 5 key competencies are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
School Counseling Mission and Vision
The mission of our comprehensive school counseling department is to provide proactive, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant counseling interventions in a supportive and warm environment. The program champions student wellness and success in the domains of social/emotional, academic, and college and career. This is directly delivered to students through small groups, classroom lessons, check ins, and brief solution-focused individual counseling. Students are also served indirectly by the family-school-community partnership in the form of referrals, collaboration, and consultation.
All Genesee Hill Elementary students know they are capable learners with unique talents, interests, and values that adds value to our community. Every student is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be socially and emotionally aware, academically successful, and college and career aware.
Meet the Counselor
Hi there! My name is Allie McDonald and I am Genesee Hill’s school counselor.
I was born and raised in Southern Utah just outside of Zion National Park. While I loved the sun and red rocks, I yearned for rich cultural experiences, a great education, and a thriving city (Seattle!).
Luckily for me, I had an amazing school counselor who supported me in exploring college and scholarship options. She also helped me navigate difficult life experiences with kindness and empathy that inspires the counselor I strive to be every day (shoutout to Mrs. Ovard!).
I am a University of Washington alumna and received my graduate degree in counseling at the University of Colorado. I am passionate about helping students tap into their unique strengths, knowledge, and past successes to problem solve and feel positive about themselves and their future. I truly feel like I have the best job in the world!
In my spare time, I enjoy film photography, reading, cooking, nature walks, and spending time with loved ones. A personal goal of mine is to learn how to make good kimchi and injera, fermentation is so cool! I also love engaging in conversations about culture and sharing my Japanese heritage with my community.
Stress Relief and Coping Skills
- Coloring and Drawing Virtual Room
- Sounds and Music Virtual Room
- Visual Relaxation Virtual Room
- Puzzles and Games Virtual Room
- Mindfulness Virtual Room
- Exercise and Yoga Virtual Room
- Live Animal Cams Virtual Room
- Field Trip Virtual Room
- How to Help a Child Cope
- Free virtual 6-session education program for caregivers of children experiencing mental health symptoms: NAMI Virtual Program
- Comprehensive mental health resources for families including warning signs, parenting tools, and steps to take: Seattle Children’s Mental Health Resource List
- Caregiver resources on Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Tourette: Neurodiversity Celebration Week Parent Resources
- Childhood Anxiety resource list for families: Unmasking Anxiety
- List of local and online counseling services serving BIPOC: Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Communities
- Counseling Service Provider List for Children and Youth
- Guide to media for kids 5-7: Parent Media Guide
- Guide to media for kids 8-9: Parent Media Guide
- Guide to media for kids 10-12: Parent Media Guide
Online Books and Book Lists
- Neurodiversity Comic Book
- Stories That Never Stand Still: Uplifting Stories by Young People with ADHD
- Mental Health Book Recommendation List
- Critically Reviewed Kids Book Lists categories are vast and include LGBTQ+, Black, Afro-Latinx, Asian-American and Pacific-Islander, Arab-American, Latinx, Indigenous, Muslim, Anti-bias, economic class, family structures, Whiteness, and so much more!
Social Emotional and Academic Apps
- App for kids dealing with the loss of a loved one, grief: Apart of Me app
- App for kids dealing with self-harm: Calm Harm app
- Private social network app to increase family connections, communication, and mindfulness practices. Can be used with up to 11 family members near and far: myKinCloud app
- Apps that promote friendly behaviors: Prosocial app list
- Apps to help kids stay focused: Focus and Organization
- Free live virtual tutoring from The Princeton Review through Seattle Public Libraries.
- In-person homework help at Seattle Public Library’s High Point Branch every Wednesday from 4-5:30. Hours expanding to Mondays 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays 4-7:30 p.m. and Wednesday 4-5:45 p.m. starting on Monday, February 6.
If you would like access to Genesee Hill’s Food Pantry, please stop by the front office and Stacy will assist you. We have shelf-stable snacks and meals. If you would like weekend meal packs, please let me know and we can get that set up.
Counseling and/or Psychiatric Evaluation:
Southwest Youth & Family Resources, 206-937-7680
Navos West Seattle, 206-933-7000
Neighborcare, 206-461-6950 or 206-658-8048
Rent or Utilities Support:
West Seattle Helpline, 206-932-4357, or call 211.
Transition, Temporary Housing and Homelessness:
McKinney-Vento Liaison of Seattle Public Schools, 206-252-0857
*Your information is confidential and will only be known to counselor and admin*
24-hr Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255
24-hr Crisis Line: Text ‘HOME’ to 741741
Trevor Project—LGBTQ: 866-488-7386
Trevor Project Text: Text ‘START’ to 678678
How to Contact/Refer
I’d love to meet you! To schedule a call, Microsoft Teams Video, or connect further, email me at email@example.com
To refer your student for individual counseling or group counseling, use this form: Individual Counseling Form
If you would like to donate to Genesee Hill’s food pantry, please leave items with front office. We accept shelf stable foods. Snacks and quick shelf-stable meals are a need right now (fruit cups, mac and cheese, rice pouches, beef jerky sticks, breakfast bars, etc.).
I will host a social emotional family night in the coming months!
How does my child receive the counseling programming?
- All students are able to request check-ins if they need support or skills around social/emotional struggles. These are not school counseling sessions. They are aimed at providing a quick support (teaching coping skills, conflict resolution skills, validate big feelings, etc.) to help a student feel successful and comfortable at school. Family and teachers also request check-ins for students. If concerns arise, I will reach out.
- Classroom counseling lessons are provided at the discretion of your student’s teacher. Please contact us if you are concerned about your student’s participation.
- Group counseling is offered to students who could use extra support and community. These are 8 sessions and the topics change based on grade-level needs. Students are referred by themselves, staff, and family. I will contact you and get a signed informed consent form before meeting with a student for group.
- Individual counseling is 6-8 sessions of strengths-based solution focused school counseling based on the student and families goals. These are typically in response to sudden or concerning changes in attendance, behavior, social skills, personal problems, or family crisis. Students are referred by themselves, staff, and family. I will contact you and get a signed informed consent form before meeting with a student for individual counseling. After 6-8 weeks, I can provide you a referral to seek long term counseling supports.
How does confidentiality work in school counseling?
What students and families discuss with me will be kept confidential unless there is concern for harm to student self or harm to others, the student is in danger, or the student/family gives me permission to share with relevant staff or outside providers. If there is potential harm to your student, I will always contact you and create a safety plan.