The purpose of the Primary School Counselor is to help student’s academic, social-emotional, and career development. To help all students grow in these areas CPU offers:
- SOAR Lessons are provided during Specials throughout the year some of the main topics are feelings, friendships, bullying, self-esteem, and overall good character traits.
- Individual counseling is offered to students who may need extra support in friendship skills, family issues, grief, and transitions for incoming and outgoing students. Students can be referred by parents, teachers, or the school counselor to participate in individual counseling.
- Groups are run on an as needed basis. All students may be invited to participate in a group around topics that include new students, friendship, social skills, changing families, and self-control. Students can be referred by parents, teachers, or the school counselor to participate in a group.
- Coordination of students’ success with staff and parents occurs when students are in need of extra support and we provide time-on-task analysis, a behavior intervention plan, and outside agency referrals if needed.
Tips for Parents
Use these tips at home to help support your child’s growth and development.
- ICAN has some great tips for developmental stages birth-high school
- Protect your child from bullying
- Build self-esteem in children
- How to deal with friendship issues
- Help your child build friends
- Teaching emotions and feelings
- Empathy vs. Sympathy
Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness
Below are some activities you can do at home to help your child’s social emotional development.
- Mindfulness Fun from Go Noodle
- SEL Games
- Family Conversation Starters
- SEL Activities to do at home
- All About Empathy Videos
Mental Health Resources for Parents and Staff
Students’ unmet mental health needs can be a significant obstacle to student academic, career and social/emotional development and even compromise school safety. Schools are often one of the first places where mental health crises and needs of students are recognized and initially addressed. Below is a list of mental health services available throughout the metro area. This is not a conclusive list of services. Inclusion on this list does not mean the provider is endorsed by the Center Point-Urbana Community School District. Please contact the provider directly to answer your questions including insurance coverage and available services. Visit with the counselor at your child’s school for additional information regarding mental health support.
Family Psychology Associates, P.C.
1221 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Highlights: Specializing in counseling, evaluations, life issues, and testing
Covenant Family Solutions
3047 Center Point Rd Suite B
Center Rapids, IA 52402
Highlights: Specializing in individual and family counseling along with Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and parent-child conflicts
St. Luke’s Counseling
1077 N Center Point Rd
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Highlights: play and expressive art techniques, communication and coping skills, solution-focused therapy, Witwer children’s therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, adolescent Life and Children’s Treatment Program
Mercy Family Counseling
1340 Blairs Ferry Rd, Suite A
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Highlights: group therapy, play therapy, 24-hour crisis intervention, ADHD evaluation and treatment, evaluations, parenting classes, grief counseling
Horizons: A Family Service Alliance
819 5th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Highlights: Early ACCESS (developmental evaluation), Family support, Survivors Program (support groups), Therapeutic services (individual, group, and family counseling), and testing
1030 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 53403
Highlights: music therapy; school-based interventions; cognitive, developmental, and behavioral challenges; behavioral health intervention services; inpatient program
Highlights: immediate crisis response, assessment, case management
The Olson Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic
1650 Matterhorn Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Highlights: graduate-level student therapist; metal health services to individuals, couples and families; sliding scale rate $10-$30 (no insurance accepted); play therapy, eating disorders, developmental disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder
233 S 2nd St
PO Box 130
West Branch, IA 52358
Highlights: in-home, functional family therapy, behavioral health intervention, crisis counseling, aggression replacement training
Family Transformation Services
Nurturing Parenting Program
1240 26th Ave Ct. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Highlights: In-home parenting offered to families with a child under the age of 5. Focuses on child development, communication, helping your child learn and grow, and community resources