Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner web page! My name is Jessica Barlow and this will be my fourth year at Liberty Elementary as a school counselor. I graduated with my Masters in Education from Northeastern State University in 2011 and have worked in the clinical setting as a BHRS (Behavior Health Rehabilitation Services) counselor.
Liberty Elementary’s school counseling program offers many resources and tools for your child’s academic and emotional needs. School-wide, your child will receive character education lessons which are based on our “7 Habits for Becoming a Liberty Leader”. These lessons are taught throughout the school year in the classroom.
Another program we do school-wide is our GEMS program. This is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Services) program that encourages students to make good choices in all areas at Liberty. The GEMS program works by allowing students to earn GEMS tickets by displaying one of the following expectations: Get Prepared, Be an Example, Make it Count, and Show Respect. They can then turn these tickets in at the GEMS rewards table and earn different activities and rewards.
If your child needs one-on-one guidance to learn more specific skills, small group sessions are held in my office to teach students in different areas. Some of the groups that I have done in the past are social skills, feeling management skills, and divorce groups. These groups are a fun way for children to express themselves and to learn different skills to help them socially and emotionally. If you would like your child to participate in these groups please contact me and we will get them in the right group. Group sessions are held one day a week for six weeks during a non-instructional period of the day.
Some students have other areas of need that would be better provided individually. I provide individual counseling sessions for students for all types of different needs. Resources and referral information to refer students to outside counseling agencies for individual counseling as well as family counseling are available.
At Liberty, we want our parents to know that we are here to help in any way we can. If you need resources to help your child or family we can provide those to you. Below are some helpful links for parents and their children.
www.parenttoolkit.com – Gives ideas and tips to help students with academics, health and wellness, and social development
www.behaviordoctor.org – Provides parents with interventions and more information about different types of behaviors and needs
fcs.okstate.edu – Provides information on different types of classes for families and parents in Sallisaw.
If you need to talk more about your child’s academic/emotional development or needs please contact me at 918-775-4741. I am excited for the year ahead and helping students become Liberty Leaders!