Student Individual Counseling Services
School counseling services are aimed at the more effective education and socialization of students within the school community. These services are not intended as a substitute for psychological counseling, diagnosis, and/or medication, and it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to determine whether additional or different services are necessary and whether to seek them for their student.
In order to build trust with a student, Dr. Clance will keep information confidential with some possible exceptions. Dr. Clance may share information with parents/guardians and Gordon County Schools faculty/staff on a need to know basis in order to better respond to student needs as a team. Dr. Clance is required by law to share information with parents/guardians or others in certain circumstances:
- The student presents a serious danger to self or another person
- Evidence or disclosure of abuse (physically or sexually) or neglect
- Threats to school security
- Student disclosure of active alcohol and/or drug use
Requests for individual counseling services can be made by completing the online Gordon Central High School Counseling Referral Form. Referrals may be submitted by students, parents/guardians, faculty, staff, or other concerned individuals. If you are unable to access the online referral form, you may contact Dr. Clance through email or by phone at 706-879-5181.
Solution-Focused Counseling Approach
Solution-focused counseling offers great promise as a practical, cooperative approach that shifts the focus from what’s wrong to what’s working with students. The input and strengths of students are actively sought and applied toward solutions. This positive focus is effective in engaging student’s attention and motivation and in resolving problems as soon as possible.
Solution-focused counseling is based on the notion that the professional school counselor works for the student, not the other way around. Outcomes are enhanced when we conform to students instead of expecting them to conform to us. The counselor can partner with students in setting goals, selecting interventions, and evaluating outcomes. Students are much more willing to work toward personally meaningful goals than goals imposed on them by others.