Paula Mintzer
  • Ms. Paula Mintzer

    School Counselor



  • Welcome to Hazlewood Elementary School Counseling!


    What does an elementary school counselor do?

    • Helps ALL children
    • Teaches classroom guidance lessons
    • Works with children individually and in small groups
    • Consults with parents and teachers
    • Assists with crisis intervention

    How does a student get to see the counselor?

    • The student may ask to go to the counselor's office
    • A parent, teacher, or administrator can refer a student
    • A school friend may invite him or her for a special visit

    What might a student talk about while in the counseling office?

    • Feelings about him/herself
    • Difficulty in making or getting along with friends
    • A family problem
    • A school problem
    • A fear or worry
    • A physical concern
    • The need for a little tender loving care

    What might a student do in the counselor's office?

    • Talk about things that are important to children
    • Talk about feelings
    • Work on a plan to reach a goal
    • Read stories
    • Go to a safe place to calm down when feeling upset
    • Play games to learn ways to relate to others

    ***In any counseling situation, confidentiality is maintained except:

    1. In cases of suspected abuse or neglect.

    2. If a child poses danger to self or others.

    3. The child and/or guardian gives permission to share information.