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School Counseling

What is School Counseling?

There are three main aspects of any comprehensive elementary school counseling program: classroom guidance, small group guidance, and individual counseling.

Classroom Guidance is a series of whole classroom lessons that are given once a month in each classroom. The topics of these lessons are based on our Word of the Month program. Letters are sent home following each lesson to let you know what we’ve talked about.

Small Groups are available through parent or teacher suggestion (always with parent permission). These groups usually run about 6-8 weeks meeting once a week and topics are based on school needs.

Individual Counseling is available to students on an as-needed or on a bi-weekly basis. As-needed counseling is usually prompted by the student by asking the teacher to come to the office. These sessions are typically about friendship conflicts or school work. Bi-weekly counseling is by parent request and only with parent permission. This may be requested due to changes in the family, a pattern of nervous or unhappy behaviors or other reasons.


About Mrs. Hensley, your School Counselor

Mrs. Amanda Hensley has been Longan’s school counselor since 2009. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from the College of William & Mary. She has previous experience at all K-12 levels.


School Counseling Blog

Mrs. Hensley maintains Longan’s school counseling blog with current events, newsletters, and more. The website is: Please pop over there to check out what’s going on in the counseling corner!


You can contact Mrs. Hensley at Longan, by email at, or by phone at 527-4640.


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